June 2016 Newsletter

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June 2016 Newsletter

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A Couple’s Journey


The Love Drug

May 25, 2016 10:05 am

We all know when we are “in love” that our common sense seems to fail us as all we think about is the subject of our love and the delight there will be next time we meet. Even just thinking about them can result in that flurry in our stomachs as if they were with […]

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Relationship Building (Part II)

May 18, 2016 10:08 am

In my last article I spoke about Compatibility, Expectations, Personalities and Family of Origin and how an understanding of how these impact on you can lead to happier relationships. Let’s now look at some other components of relationship, the understanding of which can enhance your relationship even further. Communication in the Relationship I often have […]

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Relationship Building (Part One)

May 11, 2016 10:06 am

An email I received recently asked me to comment on each of the headings below so here goes. In this article I’ll address the headings of Compatibility, Expectations and Personalities and Families of Origin. Look out then for Part Two in which I address several more topics. What I recognised in each of the headings […]

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The Endurance of Love

May 04, 2016 10:08 am

This email came across my desk recently: “The man I dated for more than five years came back to me for marriage after 12 years we broke up. He lost his first wife while we were dating though circumstances denied us of getting married then. Within the 12 years we broken up he had a […]

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Relationship Remedy


Are You Thinking of Leaving? Consider These Seven Things

May 25, 2016 12:04 am
Being the one to decide whether or not to leave a relationship can be just as hard as the one being left, and for some even more so. The one being left really has no say in the matter. The one making the decision to leave is the one taking absolute responsibility for what will […]
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Keeping the Fun in Relationships Alive

May 18, 2016 12:02 am
There are some statistics from research that show that children laugh at least two hundred times a day. How this is defined could be open to interpretation but from my recall of the data this could be anything from a smile to a giggle to a good old belly laugh. And if my own eleven […]
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The Marriage Is …

May 11, 2016 12:01 am
What Is Marriage? I loved receiving this question as it’s something that we may expect that we all understand but in truth maybe we actually don’t. So I started my research into answering this question by scrambling to the Macquarie Dictionary which defines marriage as “the legal union of a man and a woman for […]
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True Love, Lies and Deceit

May 04, 2016 12:20 am
Is it possible for someone to truly love you and hurt you over and over with lies and deceit? What a great question this is to get me going for the week The short answer is this:  NO! Someone cannot truly love you and hurt you over and over with lies and deceit. But it […]
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Love Lies & Games


The Traffic Light for Change

May 11, 2016 10:08 am

In all relationships there is only one kind of response to your partner that is acceptable. If the couple are well tuned to themselves and each other this could be happening from the beginning though for many this is a growth thing and doesn’t develop until much later as you come to know each other…

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Getting What You Want from Your Partner

Apr 30, 2016 10:25 am

Pavlov’s Dogs and Skinner’s Theory of Conditioning Ivan Pavlov, a Russian Physiologist, and BF Skinner, a US Psychologist, are most well known for their experiments with behaviour in the early 1900s. You might recall hearing about Pavlov’s behaviour modification experiments with dogs and pairing feeding them meat with a ringing bell. Naturally the dog would…

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How to Be Assertive

Mar 23, 2016 11:14 am

When in relationship, as in life, our thoughts, feelings and behaviours become habits. Getting what you want could thereby follow those old well-worn habits, sometimes successfully and sometimes not. If not, you could use this to inspire and even change the way you express your thoughts and feelings. You can become more assertive by following…

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Responding Assertively to Game Playing

Mar 11, 2016 04:39 am

I will illustrate the topic with an example from the story of “Lyn” and “James”. At one time Lyn decides to take her children on vacation with a girlfriend and her children for a few days. But when Lyn tells James of the plan, he is not OK with it. When she asks why, he…

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