How to Manage Family Conflict - 4 Tips

Posted by David J. Kest, LMFT on Oct 9, 2019 7:00:00 AM

As the adults of the family, you and your partner set the tone for the home and the family. Children and young adults are simply observers who often model adult behavior. So, when there’s shouting or use of physically aggressive behavior as conflict resolution strategies, the children begin to adopt this as a way to resolve their conflict and disagreements as well.

It’s important to show your children and teens in the family that although conflicts will occur in life, there are different ways to diffuse the situation. Here are some tips to help.

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Topics: Managing Conflict, Family Culture, Healthy Relationships, Conflict Resolution, Emotional Safety, Forgiveness, Healthy Connection, Healthy Communication, Human Connection, Emotional Intelligence, Imago Relationships, Emotional Connection, Adulting, Self Esteem, Empathy

Monthly Digest September 2019: Imago Relationships Blog and Relationship Tips

Posted by Imago Relationships North America on Oct 2, 2019 7:00:00 AM

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Topics: Managing Conflict, Healthy Relationships, Marriage Issues, Breaking Habits, Emotional Safety, Panic Attacks, Anxiety, Relationship Therapy, Self Care, Healthy Communication, Monthly Digest, Imago Relationships, Couples Quality Time, Relationship Vision, Self Love, Cheating, Divorce, Acts of Kindness, Gender Identity, Sexual Identity, Teen Sexuality, Breathing Techniques, Self Esteem

How to Break Habits in a Relationship

Posted by Imago Relationships North America on Sep 25, 2019 11:15:00 AM

Habits are formed by behaviors we’ve repeated over and over, and some are deeply formed in our early years from our experiences and environments. It’s helpful to become aware of each habit and understand why you want to break the habit. Breaking old habits occurs through repetition, practice, and focus.

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Topics: Breaking Habits, Healthy Connection, Mental Fitness

Acts of Kindness - Online and Offline

Posted by Imago Relationships North America on Sep 18, 2019 11:15:00 AM

We all wish for a better and kinder world, less social media bashing and more likes that translate in our real lives. As simple as it sounds, it takes just one person to start the process of that type of change. It's possible to have a kinder world when we all work together to use mindfulness in striving to create a better world.  

First things first - start with ourselves, our families and our neighbors. Second, branch out to colleagues, service people and anyone you meet along your daily online and offline journey. Start today and watch your acts of kindness spread!

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Topics: Managing Conflict, Healthy Relationships, Emotional Safety, Forgiveness, Healthy Communication, Human Connection, Imago Relationships, Emotional Connection, Acts of Kindness

Bridge the Communication Gap: Tips on Creating a Marriage Vision

Posted by Kimberly Miller, MTh, LMFT on Sep 11, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Communication is, at its essence, shared understanding. So it makes sense that, if you and your spouse have different understandings of key terms related to marriage, your communication will suffer.

Here’s some tips I often use to help couples in my counseling practice bridge the communication gap. Try it and see how it works for you and your partner.

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Topics: Healthy Relationships, Conflict Resolution, Resolve Conflict, Emotional Safety, Healthy Communication, Human Connection, Imago Relationships, Emotional Connection

Monthly Digest August 2019: Imago Relationships Blog and Relationship Tips

Posted by Imago Relationships North America on Sep 4, 2019 11:11:00 AM

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Topics: Sex Myths, Family Culture, Healthy Relationships, Marriage Issues, Emotional Safety, Appreciation and Gratitude, Eliminating Negativity, Invisible Abuse, Decluttering Your Life, Relationship Therapy, Recovering from an Affair, Self Care, Stress Relief, Healthy Communication, Human Connection, Mental Health, Male Sexuality, Mental Fitness, Gender Bias, Sexual Fluidity, Digital IQ, Digital Emotional Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence, Monthly Digest, Imago Relationships

Saying I'm Sorry the Right Way - 3 Tips

Posted by Imago Relationships North America on Aug 28, 2019 11:11:00 AM

Ever wonder why some of your apologies fall flat and you’re not forgiven?

Ask yourself… Did you really own it? Or, did you do some of the following?

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Topics: Managing Conflict, Healthy Relationships, Emotional Safety, Forgiveness, Healthy Communication, Human Connection, Imago Relationships, Emotional Connection

Adulting - Your Adult Brain vs. Your Toddler Brain

Posted by Evie Shafner, LMFT on Aug 21, 2019 11:11:00 AM

Did you ever notice that when you get triggered by your partner, you start blaming, denying, and defending? Or, even exhibiting tantrums? Well, as soon as you do, your partner meets you at that place and raises you. It’s not your fault, this is a strong brain habit. So much so, the science says that being grabbed by this part of the brain takes less than a blink of the eye. This reactive behavior is called our Toddler Brain, and if you’ve seen any toddlers in your life, you know why.  

So while we don’t want to shame ourselves for acting this way, it’s the bias of our fight or flight brain, if we want our relationship to stay connected, safe, and loving, we have to learn how to access our adult brain at the moment of stress. The good news is that we can, and when we do we feel so much better about ourselves. 

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Topics: Managing Conflict, Healthy Relationships, Conflict Resolution, Happy Relationships, Emotional Safety, Appreciation and Gratitude, Forgiveness, Self Care, Stress Relief, Healthy Connection, Healthy Communication, Emotional Intelligence, Emotional Connection, Adulting

8 Tips on Self-Care for Mental Health & Wellness Professionals

Posted by Lori Karch, LCSW on Aug 14, 2019 9:43:23 AM

Some days our job can feel overwhelming. Other days we feel the incredible blessings and upliftment of what we do. Sometimes those feelings happen within one day!

So, what can you do as a mental health & wellness professional when you’re feeling overwhelmed, burned out, tired, and wishing the next client might be a “no show”?

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Topics: Healthy Relationships, Relationship Therapy, Self Care, Stress Relief, Human Connection, Mental Health, Imago Relationships

Monthly Digest July 2019: Imago Relationships Blog and Relationship Tips

Posted by Imago Relationships North America on Aug 7, 2019 10:37:34 AM

Here's your Monthly Digest packed full of the amazing Imago Relationship Blog posts and Relationship Tips.

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Topics: Sex Myths, Family Culture, Healthy Relationships, Marriage Issues, Emotional Safety, Appreciation and Gratitude, Eliminating Negativity, Invisible Abuse, Decluttering Your Life, Relationship Therapy, Recovering from an Affair, Self Care, Stress Relief, Healthy Communication, Human Connection, Mental Health, Male Sexuality, Mental Fitness, Gender Bias, Sexual Fluidity, Digital IQ, Digital Emotional Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence, Monthly Digest, Imago Relationships

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