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For Better Or Worse: Marriage Vows Are For The Hard Times

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Several years ago, I wrote an article titled “So Did You Mean It When You Said,” asking if you were serious when you vowed, “For better or for worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and health,” and so forth. It remains, … Continue reading

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Save Your Marriage Central: How Making Demands Destroys Love

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We all have needs: both physical and emotional. Some of these needs are met through other people, particularly in intimate relationships. We become quickly frustrated when our needs are not met. When our needs are not met for a length … Continue reading

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Save Your Marriage Central: Honesty In Marriage

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Honesty in marriage is perhaps one of the most basic requirements for long-term success. Without honesty, problems that may destroy the relationship can lie hidden for years, building momentum, creating blocks to intimacy, and then suddenly surfacing larger than life … Continue reading

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Save Your Marriage Central: The Marital Fidelity Health Check

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The Marital Fidelity Health Check is one of the classic articles from Save Your Marriage Central’s founder Penny Tupy that Marriage Advocates is very proud to feature. In this article, Penny provides a valuable tool to evaluate the health of … Continue reading

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Marriage Is A Team Sport: Becoming A Team Player

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Are you a team player? Successfully overcoming problems in a marriage is more often than not related to the ability of both spouses to see the marriage as something bigger than either one of them, and even bigger than the … Continue reading

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Communication Skills: What To Do When He/She Won’t Talk To You

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“My husband won’t talk to me.” “My wife is giving me the cold shoulder.” “When I ask what’s wrong, my partner says, ‘Nothing,’ but I can tell something is wrong.” Do these sound familiar? Do you have trouble getting your … Continue reading

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Marriage Trouble: It’s Not the Size of the Boat; It’s How Often You Polish It

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Having marriage trouble or relationship difficulties? Is resentment rearing its ugly head? Do you want to move toward solving the problems and improving the relationship but believe your partner should start because s/he is to blame? I originally wrote this … Continue reading

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Combating The Affair Fog: Reverse Babble

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Reverse Babble – a tool used by those who have to deal with babblers.  For the purposes of this article, Reverse Babble (RB) is a tool used when dealing with a Wayward Spouse in the midst of the Wayward Fog; however, … Continue reading

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Listening Skills: Be Still

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Do conversations with your spouse sometimes lead to angry words and hurt feelings? Do you feel unheard and misunderstood by your spouse? Do the words “we need to talk” fill you with dread? If you answered “yes” to any of … Continue reading

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Validation and Invalidation – Part III: Pre-Validation

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The outcome of a challenging conversation is often determined well before any actual dialogue. Perhaps the single most important ingredient is the attitude one takes into it. The more empathetic an attitude you can adopt towards the other person beforehand, … Continue reading

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