stonewalling in marriage

4 Constructive Ways To Respond And React To Your Stonewalling Partner

Conflict is unavoidable, whether it’s between you and your kids, co-workers, or your significant other. The higher the stakes in the relationship, the more it is likely to hurt. People respond in different ways. Stonewalling in marriage is often knee-jerk response individuals may use to protect themselves when the emotional tide becomes too overwhelming. It’s not unlike a fight or flight response. It is an emotional escape. What Is Stonewalling and How Does It Affect …

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7 Ways You Can Practice The Sound Relationship House Theory In Your Marriage

The Sound Relationship House is a foundational theory introduced and developed by Dr. John Gottman. It says that a foundationally strong relationship is like a house. It contains weight-bearing pillars and floors that help couples establish a strong link. This structure, called the Sound Relationship House, has provided numerous couples with the foundations they need to have happy, healthy relationships that last. Gottman Sound Relationship House assists couples in managing their marriages and developing problem-solving …

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Explaining Polyamory To Your Partner: 9 Useful Tips

When people in a relationship are used to being monogamous, getting into a polyamorous relationship is a difficult concept to grasp. There is some stigma and misunderstanding when it comes to polyamory. Many people don’t even know what being polyamorous entails, while others may be intimidated by the idea of entering an open relationship. This is why explaining polyamory to your partner can be extremely challenging. As such, it’s important for couples to understand what …

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10 Relationship Resolutions Couples Should Commit To Every Year

As the new year rolls around, many people start to make resolutions to improve their way of living. While this is a great way to start the year off on the right foot, it’s also important to remember that your marriage should be one of your top priorities too. For married couples, there will be stages in your marriage when you’ll find it difficult to rekindle your passion and closeness with your spouse. Maybe you’re …

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How to Create Shared Meaning as Newlyweds or Newly Engaged

The wonders of the holidays feel special for those who are newly engaged or celebrating for the first time as newlyweds. Couples can feel happy and potentially anxious about how to use them as a springboard to make meaningful memories and celebrate them in a way that uniquely defines them as a couple.

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How To Navigate The Holidays As A Couple During A Pandemic

The most wonderful time of the year can also be the most stressful time for some couples. From deciding which wine to bring, to which partner’s family and in-laws you should first visit, it can be quite a challenge. Once you’re married, simple things like deciding how to spend the holidays should always be communicated, and sometimes compromised. If you’re engaged, dating, or married, you might be coping with your first divided holiday situation. As …

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20 Ways to Find love in 2022

20 Different Ways to Find Love in 2022 – As Seen In – Ask Men

Our founder, Dr. Dana McNeil, was recently featured in an article written for Ask Men Magazine. Experts were asked, “What is your top way to find love in 2022?” Dr. Dana offered tip number 5. 5. Network With Dates Who Didn’t Work Out This may seem like strange advice, but according to marriage and family therapist Dana McNeil, the more you expand your social circle, the more likely it is you’ll meet someone. “If you …

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Pets and Your Relationship

Our founder, Dr. Dana McNeil, chatted with Nyree host of the Stolen Our Heart Podcast, about pets and their impact on a couple’s relationship. She answered questions about resentment, sharing of tasks, boundaries, choice of pet, when is the best time to get a pet, when is something a dealbreaker, and more.

The Gifts of Showing Your Gratitude for Each Other

The Gifts of Showing Your Gratitude for Each Other

This piece was originally published on Gottman.com and is republished here with permission from the Gottman Institute. How a simple “thank you” can create connection As a couple, did you know that you’re not required to do nice things for each other? Did you know you don’t have to want to do those things? It’s true. That’s why anything you or your partner do for each other is a gift.   While many of my clients give me …

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What to Expect When You Go to Couples Therapy

According to Dr. John Gottman, couples wait an average of six years before they make the decision to seek out couples therapy. That’s six long years of beating your heads against the wall hoping for a different outcome. That’s also more than enough time to have cultivated some ineffective and even downright unhelpful communication habits.

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