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Are You A Co-Narcissist? 5 Signs You Might Be One

Ever feel like you’re constantly trying to please your partner but never quite measuring up? Do you find yourself always working to keep your partner happy while ignoring your own needs and desires just to maintain the peace? If you’re in a relationship with a narcissist, there’s a big chance you’ve unknowingly taken on the role of a co-narcissist. This role often comes from a desire for stability, sacrifice, and sometimes fear. However, it can …

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Love Mapping Is the Secret to Saving Your Marriage – As Seen In – Pure Wow

Love maps, according to psychologist and relationship expert Dr. John M. Gottman, are outlines of everything you know about your partner: hobbies, dreams, frustrations, and everything there is to know about them. Gottman says that couples with detailed love maps are most likely to enjoy marital closeness and satisfaction. In an article by Pure Wow, The Relationship Place Founder, Dr. Dana McNeil, also a Gottman-trained Relationship Therapist, shared her expert insights on it. She laid …

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6 Important Things To Know When Dating Someone With Depression

The ups and downs of relationships get us through different phases, like the euphoria of shared happiness, and the strain of challenges. But loving someone with depression introduces a unique layer of complexity, and might change your familiarity with relationships. To some, it might feel like walking on eggshells, and each step calls for an even greater degree of understanding and compassion than before. Navigating such terrain can be both enlightening and daunting. So, how …

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7 Gottman-Approved Ways To Resolve Conflicts In Marriage

Conflict is inevitable and a normal part of marriage. But don’t assume that every spat or disagreement means your love story is spiraling toward its final chapter. If you implement the right conflict resolution strategies in marriage, you can turn disagreements into opportunities for deeper understanding and a stronger relationship. Here at The Relationship Place, we follow the ways of  Dr. John Gottman, a world-renowned psychologist and relationship expert, know for his studies about divorce …

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What Is Eggshell Parenting? – As Seen In – Charlie Health

Eggshell parenting is a term that recently went viral on TikTok. The term might be new to some, but this parenting style has been observed in parents’ and caregivers’ behaviors for ages. What is it exactly? Our founder, Dr. Dana McNeil PsyD, LMFT describes it as a style of responses from a parent or caregiver that are inconsistent and unpredictable. In an article by Charlie Health, Dr. McNeil shares her expert views about eggshell parenting …

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Navigating Gray Divorce And Challenges In Late-Life Marriage

Years of shared history, familial connections, and built assets suddenly divided into two separate paths. In recent years, gray divorce rate — or couples parting ways after decades of marriage — has been rising at a surprising rate. But what happens when you decide to give love another chance? After a gray divorce, entering a new marriage can feel like entering an entirely different world. Communication in these late-life marriages is often complex, influenced by past wounds, …

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Unraveling the Joys and Challenges of Consensual Non-Monogamy

Remember those first flutters of romance, the exhilaration of a new connection, and the allure of the unknown? Imagine if you could amplify that, but this time by exploring consensual non-monogamy (CNM). Picture the rich tapestry of emotions, experiences, and connections that await. But like any grand adventure, it isn’t without its pitfalls. While the path of CNM promises diversity and personal evolution, it also winds through dense forests of jealousy, ticking clocks, and the …

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People Pleasers: Are You Helping or Hurting Your Relationship?

In every relationship, there’s a dance of give and take. But what happens when you’re always the one bending over backward, constantly looking for ways to keep the peace and make your partner happy? As your eyes flit across these words, perhaps you recognize that niggling sensation that you’re continuously extinguishing your own needs to prioritize another’s. People pleasers in relationships might feel like they are showing the ultimate act of love, the golden ticket …

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Why Active Listening is The Heartbeat of Healthy Relationships

Imagine you’re talking with your partner after a long day, your thoughts tumbling out, raw and unfiltered, and your heart earnestly trying to make itself heard. But rather than feeling understood and cherished, you see them absent-mindedly checking their phones, and their responses are mere grunts. These situations are all too common in relationships, underscoring the importance of an often-underappreciated skill: active listening. Active listening in relationships is more than just hearing your partner’s words. …

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Couple Leisure Time: Are You Doing It Right?

When your relationship hits a rough patch, it could be a sign that your leisure time is off. A recent study by Kiersten Dobson and Brian Ogolsky suggests that shared leisure activities, or simply “leisure time” is a great predictor of relationship wellbeing. In short: the more wisely a couple spends their leisure time, the happier they will be. But what does couple leisure time mean? And are you and your partner doing it right? In …

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