"All couples can enhance their relationship by learning the skills taught in couples therapy. 'If we have the tools to understand, empathize, listen to and connect with our partners within and outside of conflict, we can have the fulfilling relationships that we were meant to have.'” [Read Article]
"In an environment where choosing a coffee table is marketed as an expression of identity, it’s easy to project deeper meaning onto a partner’s opinion. If I like the Lack and you like the Klingsbo, do we want the same kind of home? Do we want the same kind of life? Who are you, really? 'Couples tend to extrapolate from the small conflicts that arise while shopping for and building furniture that perhaps they aren’t so made for one another after all...'" [Read Article]
"Do you remember all the stuff they said you’d never do? ...You wouldn’t ride a two-wheeler or play sports. You wouldn’t go to college. You certainly wouldn’t get married. Now… look at you... Someone who is able to live a life of empathy and sympathy, and without agendas or guile, is someone we all want to know. It worked out for you, because of the person you are." [Read Article]
" ... this time when she said, 'I love you,' the words stung. Not because they weren’t true and not because I don’t like hearing them. It’s just that, I know my wife loves me. What I really need to know is that she likes me. I need to know that she enjoys, respects, admires, and appreciates me. And I need her to know that I enjoy, respect, admire, and appreciate her." [Read Article]
All marital relationships will inevitably have conflict. The biggest difference between those marriages that make it through rough waters and those that don't is the ability to communicate constructively. In this engaging webinar, Dr. Kolodziejczak offers practical advice to help couples successfully manage conflict and grow in their relationship.
"Staying in love takes a commitment. After the rosy glow of the new relationship wears off, we have to make a decision ... We choose to see the good, ignore the petty, look for what we could do for our partner, and remember why we love our partner. Choosing to put in the effort to do these things is what love looks like, and with that work comes the wonderful reward of staying in love." [Read Article]