Imago Relationships Blog

Protect Your Marriage - Avoid These 4 Harmful Behaviors

Posted by Christine Wilke, Ed.S., LMFT on Sep 8, 2019 11:11:00 AM

When most people are asked to describe what cheating would look like in their relationship the first thing that comes to mind is an extramarital affair. But there are a number of ways you can cheat your partner out of genuine intimacy without ever having an affair.

As a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist I am all too familiar with the importance of "closing the exits" in your marriage. Affairs, addictions and even mental illness can all be forms of hard-core exits. But exits can also be those subtle little diversions couples engage in that enable them to avoid true intimacy with each other.

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Topics: Managing Conflict, Healthy Relationships, Happy Relationships, Resolve Conflict, Marriage Issues, Breaking Habits, Finding Love Again, Relationship Therapy, Healthy Connection, Healthy Communication, Human Connection, Imago Relationships, Emotional Connection, Cheating

Monthly Digest August 2019: Imago Relationships Blog and Relationship Tips

Posted by Imago Relationships North America on Sep 1, 2019 11:11:00 AM

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

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Topics: Managing Conflict, Healthy Relationships, Conflict Resolution, Happy Relationships, Emotional Safety, Appreciation and Gratitude, Relationship Therapy, Couples Therapy, Self Care, Healthy Connection, Healthy Communication, Human Connection, Mental Health, Mental Fitness, Emotional Intelligence, Monthly Digest, Imago Relationships, Tidying Up, Erotic Intelligence, Sexual Desire, Erotic Language, Sexual Communication, Emotional Connection, Adulting, Self Trust, Self Love, Celebrate the Differences, Defense Mechanisms, Being Humble

Are You in a Relationship Dance?

Posted by Kim Saft, PhD, LCSW, Certified Imago Relationship Therapist on Aug 25, 2019 11:11:00 AM

Does it sometimes feel like you and your partner are doing a dance and stepping on each other’s toes? Are you feeling frustrated by your partner and getting in conflicts?

Have you ever asked yourself, “Why is my partner doing things that make me so annoyed?" What you might be surprised to learn is that what annoys you about your partner actually says more about you than him.

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Topics: Managing Conflict, Happy Relationships, Breaking Habits, Appreciation and Gratitude, Finding Love Again, Couples Therapy, Self Care, Healthy Connection, Healthy Communication, Imago Relationships, Relationship Vision, Emotional Connection, Adulting, Self Trust, Self Love, Defense Mechanisms

Monthly Digest July 2019: Imago Relationships Blog and Relationship Tips

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

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

Be sure to subscribe to both and share!

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Topics: Sex Therapy, Managing Conflict, Family Mission Statement, Family Culture, Healthy Relationships, Conflict Resolution, Happy Relationships, Marriage Issues, Breaking Habits, Bad Breakup, Emotional Safety, Appreciation and Gratitude, Eliminating Negativity, Invisible Abuse, Anxiety, Finding Love Again, Forgiveness, Relationship Therapy, Couples Therapy, Recovering from an Affair, Self Care, Healthy Connection, Healthy Communication, Human Connection, Mental Health, Male Sexuality, Mental Fitness, Gender Bias, Sexual Fluidity, Digital Emotional Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence, Monthly Digest, Imago Relationships

10 Myths About Male Sexuality

Posted by Joe Kort, Ph.D., LMSW on Jul 28, 2019 11:11:00 AM

As a sex therapist, I focus a lot in the area of male sexuality with patients as well as teaching classes online and around the United States. In my travels, I’ve come to realize that we need to take a deeper look at male sexuality and challenge gender bias against men and stop sexual shaming. In my experience, by helping men and women understand the landscape of male sexuality, it can reduce the amount of conflict in relationships.

In the last few years, there’s been a growing movement among sex therapists and researchers to really understand men’s sexuality—not what it’s “supposed to be,” but rather how it manifests, where its roots lie, and how to deal with the conflicts it presents, not only in therapy with men, but with couples too.

Therapists have long recognized that women are further ahead of men in terms of emotional access and vocabulary, and historically we’ve tried to help men catch up to women in this regard. We are now beginning to ask how we can help women understand where it is their men are today vs. waiting for them to catch up. So, here are 10 myths about men’s sexuality that will offer some alternative views.

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Topics: Sex Therapy, Sex Myths, Managing Conflict, Healthy Relationships, Healthy Connection, Male Sexuality, Gender Bias, Sexual Fluidity

Stop Abusing Your Partner with Negativity

Posted by Harville Hendrix Ph.D. and Helen LaKelly Hunt Ph.D. on Jun 30, 2019 11:11:00 AM

During the time our marriage teetered between renewal and divorce, we were visiting a book store when we happened on a book about how astrology affects relationships. Just for fun, we opened to the page where our two astrological signs intersected. Then we read, “You will destroy your relationship unless you stop the unrelenting negative scrutiny of each other.” We were stunned. And then we laughed. We knew the book had gotten it right.

For a time, we were quiet and separate as we turned our thoughts around those words. That sentence fell like a bombshell because we knew it was true. The more we thought about it, the more we realized we had to stop what we now call the “invisible abuse” of belittling, negating, and undermining each other. We started by trying to be more aware of what we were saying, what words we used. We worked out a plan to monitor ourselves for negative behaviors, and negative thinking. In the beginning, as we tried to stop, we grew to realize our negativity seemed to have a life of its own. We then realized we were addicted to our negativity. This just had to stop.

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Topics: Managing Conflict, Marriage Issues, Appreciation and Gratitude, Eliminating Negativity, Invisible Abuse

Money Issues in Your Relationship - 10 Reasons We Fight

Posted by Imago Relationships North America on Jun 23, 2019 4:47:36 PM

Did you know that money is one of the top areas of conflict for couples? Maybe not, but when you think about money issues couples experience doesn't it seem like the problem is simply about savings vs. spending?

Well, it's not always easy when we talk about money with our loved ones. In fact, there are 10 top areas where couples fight over money

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Topics: Money Issues, Managing Conflict, Money Fights

Resolve Conflict - Divorce-Proof your Marriage in 6 Easy Steps!

Posted by Evie Shafner, LMFT on Jun 16, 2019 11:11:00 AM

There are so many positive suggestions about managing conflict and how to divorce-proof your marriage. As an Imago Relationship therapist for over 25 years, I have seen many marriages go the distance, and there are definitely some key things that the marriages that make it have in common. Here are 6 easy steps on how to resolve conflict and minimize any marriage issues you and your partner may have.

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Topics: Managing Conflict, Resolve Conflict, Marriage Issues

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