145: Core Relationship Principles #3 – Fostering Curiosity and Dismantling Limiting Stories – with Chloe Urban and Neil Sattin

145: Core Relationship Principles #3 – Fostering Curiosity and Dismantling Limiting Stories – with Chloe Urban and Neil Sattin

How do you stay curious in your relationship? And how do you get rid of the stories that you tell yourself – about your partner (or about yourself) – that are holding you back? This is the third episode of our “Core Relationship Principles” series. Chloe Urban and I show you exactly how to know when it’s time to bring your curiosity back online, how to identify when a “story” is getting in your way, and what to do to make the shift. Some stories can empower you, for sure – but the more that you’re able to get out of you story and into reality, the better your relationship will be. After listening to this episode, you’ll have some solid strategies for infusing your relationship with curiosity and the powerful truth of “what is”.

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144: Extreme Self Care for a Healthy Relationship – with Cheryl Richardson

144: Extreme Self Care for a Healthy Relationship – with Cheryl Richardson

Have you ever felt like everyone else’s needs come first? Have you wondered how you’re supposed to show up in your relationship, or for your family, if you’re exhausted and not feeling nourished and supported yourself? How do you make the shift so that you feel full enough to have something extra to offer those around you? In today’s episode, we’re going to cover the art of Extreme Self Care – so that you can learn how to make boundaries and take better care of yourself (and why that’s so important for the health of your relationship). Our guest is Cheryl Richardson, professional coach and New York Times Bestselling author of several books, including Take Time for Your Life, and her most recent book, Waking Up in Winter. Cheryl Richardson was literally one of the first professional coaches, and her decades of experience will help you reclaim your life, find your center, and bring your best self to your relationships

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143: Mismatched Sex Drive? What To Do.

143: Mismatched Sex Drive? What To Do.

What do you do if you want to have sex more than your partner? Or if your partner wants to have sex more than you do? Differences in sexual desire can create so many problems in a relationship, and in today’s episode we tackle this topic head-on. There’s something here for you no matter which side of the equation you’re on. Here’s a hint: typically, when differences in sex drive become “the issue” – there’s actually something else going on. Or even several “something elses”. I’m going to help you figure out what they are in your relationship, and find your way to a balance around sex that feels great to both you and your partner. Along the way, you’ll figure out if it’s really about a difference in libido – or if there’s something standing in the way of your having the kind of sexual connection with your partner that you desire.

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142: Loving Bravely – How Self Discovery Can Transform Your Relationship – with Alexandra Solomon

142: Loving Bravely – How Self Discovery Can Transform Your Relationship – with Alexandra Solomon

What power do you have to change your relationship for the better by working on yourself? If things aren’t going so well, how do you know if you’ve done “all you can do” – or if there’s still hope? As you know, relationships require a balance of learning the skills of relating to others AND doing your own work to bring yourself more fully to your connection. On today’s episode, you’re going to learn how to find that balance, along with some ways to take both your inner growth and your outer skills to the next level. Our guest is Dr. Alexandra Solomon, author of Loving Bravely: 20 Lessons of Self-Discovery to Help You Get the Love You Want. Along with her “Marriage and Intimacy 101” course at Northwestern University, Alexandra Solomon has taken relationship education to a new level – with practical ways to help you uplevel your abilities in relationship. The tools that we present in today’s episode will ensure that you’re on the right track as you move forward on your relationship journey.

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141: Is Your Relationship Healthy? – with Neil Sattin

141: Is Your Relationship Healthy? – with Neil Sattin

How do you know if your relationship is healthy? Does having problems mean that your relationship isn’t healthy? And how do you promote the health of your relationship? In this week’s episode, Neil Sattin answers these questions so that you can quickly get a sense of what’s going on in your relationship – and, if you decide that things aren’t healthy, exactly what to do to get back on track.

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140: Mastering the Art of Inner Transformation – Internal Family Systems with Dick Schwartz

140: Mastering the Art of Inner Transformation – Internal Family Systems with Dick Schwartz

How do you do the work of true inner transformation? If there are parts of you that are getting in the way – of intimacy, of thriving, of living in integrity – then you’re going to have a tough time realizing the full potential of your life and your relationships. However, you have everything you need inside of you – if you know how to access it! In today’s conversation, we’re getting a return visit from Dick Schwartz, creator of Internal Family Systems. We’ll be exploring this powerful way of finding your core resourcefulness – which he calls “Self” energy – and using it to help heal and grow the parts within you that are holding you back, or interfering with your vibrancy and effectiveness. You’ll learn how to identify the different parts within you, and the roles that they are playing, and you’ll also get a taste of what it’s like to be coming from “Self”. And at the end you will hear Dick Schwartz guide me through an actual journey of identifying a part that’s been impacting me in the here and now – and you’ll hear how he works with me, and that part, to heal and transform. It’s powerful, and vulnerable, and all here for you to experience on this week’s episode of the Relationship Alive podcast.

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139: Change Your Pattern – How to BE an Invitation

139: Change Your Pattern – How to BE an Invitation

How do you invite someone into your world, your truth, your desires? When you have a complaint, how do you invite someone to the table about it in a way where they WANT to respond and help make things right? And, most importantly, how do you invite someone to be who they truly are? Today’s show is all about how to “be an invitation”, and whether you’re in a relationship, or single and looking to connect, the art of being an invitation can completely transform how you connect with another person. By the end of today’s episode, you will have clear strategies to figure out how to improve your connection with the people in your life who matter most.

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138: How Orgasms are Hurting Your Relationship – with Marnia Robinson – from the Archives

138: How Orgasms are Hurting Your Relationship – with Marnia Robinson – from the Archives

Are your orgasms getting in the way of your close connection with your partner? Conventional wisdom says that more orgasms = better – but the truth might actually be quite the opposite. The good news is that there are ways that you can have sex with your partner, and foster intimacy, that seem to avoid the pitfalls that orgasms can create. In order to explain, my guest today is Marnia Robinson, author of Cupid’s Poisoned Arrow: From Habit to Harmony in Sexual Relationships.

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137: Calling in The One – No Matter Your Status – with Katherine Woodward Thomas

137: Calling in The One – No Matter Your Status – with Katherine Woodward Thomas

How do you align with your vision for love and call it into your life? What’s holding you back from experiencing what you want? Whether you’re single and looking, or in a relationship and wondering what’s keeping you from making it even better, today’s episode is for you. Our guest is my friend, colleague, and mentor Katherine Woodward Thomas, bestselling author of Calling in The One and the New York Times bestseller Conscious Uncoupling. In this conversation, Katherine and I will take you on an inner journey, so that you can uncover your unconscious blocks to love and magnetize yourself for attracting exactly what you want in your relationship. She’s also about to launch a new training for Calling in The One coaches, which we’ll talk about towards the end of our conversation. Katherine Woodward Thomas’s work is profoundly transformative – something that I’ve experienced personally, and I’m delighted to be able to share it with you so you can experience it for yourself.

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136: An Important Action Step for Your Relationship – with Neil Sattin

136: An Important Action Step for Your Relationship – with Neil Sattin

What’s one of the most important factors in determining the success of your relationship? I’ll give you a hint: it’s something to do with how you and your partner get your needs met. The good news is – there’s actually a lot of power in your hands, if you know what you’re doing (and how to do it). If you ever feel like you’re not quite getting your needs met, or that you and your partner are getting stuck, then this Relationship Action Step could make all the difference. And if you’re looking for something practical to help you be even more successful in your relationship, with more energy and passion for each other, then this episode is definitely for you.

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Podcast Reviews

  • Oops I think I review this one on accident BUT
    May 29, 2018 by monicajacobsiam from United States

    Please know I looooove your podcast !!!!

  • Very helpful!!
    April 15, 2018 by shan96kb from United States

    I love this podcast. I learn something every episode. Thanks Neil!

  • Love your Podcast!!
    April 8, 2018 by Love Your Podcast! from United States

    Thanks so much for all the wonderful therapist on your podcast. You truly are an amazing interviewer and have awesome therapist who truly offer great advise and tangible ways to improve oneself and our most intimate relationships. My significant other and I have enjoyed and grown as a more spiritually evolved couple by listening to your wonderful podcast. We have listened to “ALL” of your podcast. Looking forward to many more 🙂 Thank you again! Hats off to you!! Paola & Alex 💕

  • Excellent resource. Wonderful stuff.
    March 30, 2018 by Richbabe71 from Australia

    I have found this series of podcasts to be a real gem. Neil's approach to interviewing, his guests and the information presented make this an invaluable resource for anyone looking to improve their relationships with their partner and indeed all relationships. It has helped me on many levels and I urge anybody considering downloading to give it a go. I am really grateful it's available.

  • Literally saved my marriage!!!
    February 28, 2018 by The Bint from United States

    This podcast is a treasure trove of relationship advice & resources! No New Age love gurus with gimmicky advice. Every guest has years, even decades of research to back them up. But your relationship doesn't have to be on the rocks in order to benefit from this podcast. The focus of this show is growth, for the individuals & for the relationship. Nearly every episode has mind-blowing revelations & yet when you think about it, it's all very intuitive.