Relationship Problems? Be Careful Who You Talk To!

New research in the Journal of Personal and Social Relationship shows that talking to your best friend about your relationship problems may very well lead to even bigger relationship problems!  According to the authors of the study,There appears to be link between discussing problems with your partner and greater romantic love. This could mean that discussing problems strengthens feelings of love. Of course, it could also be that couples who are more in love are more likely to discuss p … [Read more...]

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Imagining the Future Helps Couples Resolve Present Arguments More Easily

A new study published in the journal  Social Psychological and Personality Science found that thinking about the future helps couples focus on their feelings and reasoning strategies. “When romantic partners argue over things like finances, jealousy, or other interpersonal issues, they tend to employ their current feelings as fuel for a heated argument. By envisioning their relationship in the future, people can shift the focus away from their current feelings and mitigate conflicts,” said re … [Read more...]

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“Popes Say the Darndest Things” (Zika Edition)–Clarity for Confused Catholics

Are you confused, frustrated by, or for that matter, gloating about Pope Francis' recent comments on contraceptive use and the Zika virus--especially in light of the Vatican Press Office's confirmation that Pope Francis was not only speaking about using Natural Family Planning but also, potentially, hormonal contraceptives and condoms, to prevent the possibility of children born with Zika-related miroencephaly?   Be at peace.  Let's all please take a collective breath and consider the following i … [Read more...]

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

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.

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

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.

 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

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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