A Healthy Romantic Relationship Can Stabilize Neurotic People

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(H/T PsychCentral News)   A loving, romantic relationship can have a positive, stabilizing effect on a neurotic personality, according to a new study, published in the online edition of the Journal of Personality.“Neurotic people are rather anxious, insecure, and easily annoyed. They have a tendency towards depression, often show low self-esteem and tend to be generally dissatisfied with their lives,” said psychologist Dr. Christine Finn of the University of Jena in Germany. “However, we were abl … [Read more...]

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She Likes Me! She Really Likes Me!

At her blog, Catholic mom, Katie Warner lists some of her favorite marriage books.  Three of her list of best Catholic books on marriage are ours.  Here is her write up.The Exceptional Seven Percent: Nine Secrets to the World’s Happiest Couples, Gregory PopcakMy hubby and I became big fans of Dr. Gregory Popcak just a few pages into this book. It’s practical, implementable, straightforward, and spot-on in its marital wisdom. Our marriage reaped the benefits almost immediately, and we will … [Read more...]

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What’s Your “Relationship Work Ethic?”

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Some couples do a better job of prioritizing their relationship than others.  And some couples are simply more comfortable having a more casual attitude toward making time for their marriage.  But a new study shows that all couples--even the ones with a more "don't sweat it" attitude toward couple time--experience a greater risk of marital problems over time if they don't learn to cultivate their "relationship work ethic."Is a date with your partner as important to you as a meeting at work? A … [Read more...]

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Ricki Lake to Produce Documentary on Dangers of the Pill

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I admit I never saw this coming.  Check out the story here which includes an anti-contraceptive pill tweet from Ms. Lake herself.    Here's a sample of the article.Lake will act as executive producer alongside director Abby Epstein in a full-length film based on Holly Grigg-Spall's book Sweetening The Pill: or How We Became Hooked On Hormonal Birth Control.“In the 50 years since its release, the birth control Pill has become synonymous with women’s liberation and has been thought of as so … [Read more...]

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Happily Ever After–Dr. Greg and Lisa Interviewed in National Review on New Book, “Just Married.”

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Kathryn Lopez posted her interview with Lisa and I on what it takes to make marriage last a lifetime. ‘All the research says that a good marriage has little to do with where you and your mate come from and everything to do with whether you are willing to learn the skills it takes to have a good marriage — and to learn about each other to build your unique marriage,” husband and wife Gregory and Lisa Popcak write in their new book, Just Married: The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in … [Read more...]

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From Russia with Love

Of course you all know what today is....  That's right!  Sts. Cyril and Methodius Day!On the official Church calendar, we do not celebrate St Valentine, but rather,  the Feast of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, evangelists to the Slavs, on February 14th.  You might ask, "Why does the Church promote devotion to Sts. Cyril and Methodius on the same day as St. Valentine's Day?  Well, the answer is quite simple.There is an ancient saying in the Church, "Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi"  As the Church pray … [Read more...]

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Couple Conflict: Quality of Argument Less Important than Quality of Relationship

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The way a couple treats each other outside of their arguments is the best predictor of the couple's ability to get something positive out of their arguments--even if they're more heated than they ought to be.  Obviously, no couple likes to argue, but some couples seem to weather it better than others.  Therapists often think that the best way to deal with arguments is to avoid them, but is it possible to help teach couples to not be overwhelmed by bad arguments when they happen--and even be able … [Read more...]

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“Just Married” and Loving It! (Plus, Other Great Resources No Couple Should Be Without!)

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Dear Dr. Popcak, I just wanted to tell you (and your wife) THANK YOU for writing "Just Married." My married friends and I are always complaining to each other about the absolute dearth of material for faithful Catholics wanting to date, prepare for marriage, and live marriage in an authentically Catholic way. Basically, we hear two messages: 1. Marriage is hard. Marriages fall apart because people think it's all going to be rosy, then when reality hits, the spouses don't know what to … [Read more...]

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