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In most real situations, there are no step by step methods that will resolve all problems. However, following some general guidelines will often be of help. Relationship therapists often see the same scenarios play out in nearly the same way, whether this is in the context of a marriage, difficulties with in-laws, friends who are drifting apart or in some other way.

How To Stop Obsessive Thoughts: 4 Ways To Manage Rumination

Obsessive thoughts are often given an almost cute, quirky nature. As any Woody Allen film can attest, being neurotic can be charming and even a reason to be loved and cherished...

How To Find A Therapist That's Right For Your Relationship

Therapy can be an incredible thing for your relationship. Therapists are trained in many aspects of communication and diagnosis and can help individuals and couples alike...

How To Stop Being Passive-Aggressive With Your Partner

Picture this. You’re driving home from a baseball game in thick traffic. You and your partner are already testy, and then you end up stuck behind a car with engine trouble...

Learning To Be Open: How To Be More Vulnerable In Your Relationships

The term vulnerability has been talked about a lot these days, thanks in large part to the advocacy of Brené Brown, a research professor at the Houston Graduate College of...

Learn How To Control Mood Swings With These 6 Tips

Everyone experiences mood swings from time to time. It could be that you’re having the best day and are in a really good mood until something goes drastically wrong at work...

Is Everyone Out To Get Me? How To Stop Being Paranoid

How can I stop being paranoid? This is a question that countless people ask themselves every day. Because of the stigma attached to mental health issues, paranoid feelings are...

How To Tell If You Love Someone: 20 Signs

Love is something each of us desires and needs to enjoy a happy, fulfilling life. Love is a gift that feels equally amazing when we give it as when we receive it. When you...

How To Stop Self Loathing: 8 Things To Learn To Start Loving Yourself

Self-loathing is very similar to poison. It creeps into every orifice in your body and makes you hate yourself from the outside in. This can damage our self-esteem, ruin...

How To Stop Enabling Your Grown Child

When children are born, it feels like they’ll be small and needy forever and never grow up. Most parents agree that the years soar quickly as children are growing. Before you...

How To Help Someone With Anxiety: 8 Ways To Support Them

Anxiety is a frustrating emotion that we all have to deal with. However, there’s a difference between experiencing normal levels of anxiety in life over situations that...

How To Stop Obsessing Over Someone You Care About

Emotions are a powerful thing. Love can happen with someone that you are in a relationship with or with someone that you barely know. Love and attraction usually build slowly...

How To Stop Feeling Guilty And Forgive Yourself

There is an anonymous quote that says, “Forgiving yourself is as important as forgiving others. Guilt is toxic, reliving the mistake over and over. Love yourself. Forgive...

Very often, resolving the problem requires an approach based on two key principles. The first is the ability to place yourself in the shoes of the other person. This is easier said than done, but a few simple exercises can help you see things from the other party's perspective and locate the common ground between you. The second, equally important and supporting the first, is simply communicating better. Talking openly about both the things that displease you and the qualities you admire in the other person, and making them feel comfortable enough to do the same, is often all that is needed to resolve conflict long before it becomes unmanageable. The following articles aren't and can't be all-encompassing, but the advice they contain has been tested time and again over the years. None of them offer a true “one size fits all” solution, though, so talking about any specific difficulties you may be facing with a counselor will rarely be a bad idea.
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