Are You Getting The Help You Need? 5 Ways Seeking Help Can Make Things Worse

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Are your attempts to seek help actually making things worse?Earlier today, Simcha Fisher featured a guest post titled Married to An Angry Man written by Monica More (a pseudonym).  It's a story about a woman who is struggling in her marriage and who feels that all of her efforts to seek help have failed.  My heart broke when I read it because it is a story I encounter so often.  I am grateful to Monica for sharing her story because it is an opportunity to highlight the things every couple can … [Read more...]

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Pphubb You.

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Yesterday on More2Life Radio, Bill Donaghy of the Theology of the Body Institute spoke of what he called, "Digital Contraception"; times when we let screens (phones, tablets, laptops, etc) come between us and opportunities for communion with others.  I didn't discover this in time for yesterday's show, but psychology actually has a name for this phenomenon, "Partner Phone Snubbing" or "Pphubbing."  A new study by Baylor University examines the frequency and impact of Pphubbing on intimate re … [Read more...]

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Spiritual Infidelity: A Crisis in Catholic Marriage

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New study says 83% of Catholic couples are committing 'spiritual infidelity'.  Are YOU in a spiritual 'open marriage'? Over the last several weeks, infidelity has been a top story in the news after hackers released the records of 35 million users of a popular adultery website. According to the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, approximately 20 percent of husbands and wives will commit sexual infidelity and another 20 percent will fall prey to an emotional affair, in which th … [Read more...]

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“Female Viagra” Released Despite Dangers. What YOU Need to Know.

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 Sprout Phamaceuticals is touting the development of  a "female Viagara", brand name Addyi (generic, Flibanserin). If it were a better drug, this could be a tremendous help to a lot of couples. Unfortunately, there are significant reasons for concern.The problem is that it is hard to argue that the very modest benefits of the drug (4.4 satisfying sexual experiences per month on the drug versus 3.7 satisfying sexual experiences without it) justify the risk of the significant side … [Read more...]

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Men Want MORE Romance–And Other Surprising Relationship Facts

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Contrary to conventional wisdom, men really DO value romance in relationships!  So much so, in fact, that 33% of men are bothered "a lot" by the fact that their significant other isn't MORE romantic.  That, combined with the fact that men are MUCH MORE LIKELY to fall in love at first sight than women (48% vs. 28%) reveals the surprising truth that men crave love (as opposed to just sex) much more than most people think.  What other relationship myths do you believe?  Check out more surprising rel … [Read more...]

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Can Men and Women Be “Just Friends”? 1st in New CatholicMatch.com Video Series with Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak

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Check out the first in our brand new series of videos that Lisa and I did with CatholicMatch.com.  Here is the introduction to the first video on the question of male and female friendships by CatholicMatch.com editor, Robyn Lee.This past weekend I was chatting with one of my girlfriends about how excited I was to see one of my guy friends from high school. Her response surprised me, "I don't believe women and men can be friends."I was taken aback at first and responded defensively: "I … [Read more...]

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“You Make Me Sick!” The Surprising Ways Your Spouse May Be Undermining (or Helping) Your Health

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Researchers consider it a well-establish fact that the quality of our relationships, in general, and our romantic relationships, in particular, wield huge influence over our physical health and well-being.  We know, for example, that people who are unhappy in their marriages are at significantly greater risk for disease than couples who are happy together.  What was less clear is the mechanism by which relationships impact our health.  But a new study finds that the degree to which you feel un … [Read more...]

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Pastoral Solutions Institute and CatholicMatch.com: 2 Great Things That Go Great Together

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 I'm excited to announce that that Pastoral Solutions Institute will be working with CatholicMatch.com as part of our shared mission to help Catholics celebrate the life and relationships that God wants them to have. My wife, Lisa, and I will be hosting a soon-to-be-released video series for the CatholicMatch Institute on different aspects of what it takes to live life to the fullest and cultivate healthy, joyful, passionate, faith-filled marriages.  We'll  providing o … [Read more...]

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