Are there ways to build trust in your relationship – even if you’re in the middle of a crisis? How do you identify your relationship strengths – and use them in these most challenging moments? Today we have a return visit from Dr. Peter Pearson, co-founder of the Couple’s Institute (along with his wife, Dr. Ellyn Bader), and one of today’s leading trainers of couples therapists. Whether you’re in a relationship, or a couples therapist, or both – today’s episode is full of practical wisdom to help navigate the hardest moments that a couple can face.
How do you find the place within you that’s “ok” no matter what? And how do you use that place as a resource to help you handle the things that aren’t ok? In today’s episode I’m going to give you a quick-and-easy way to start your day on the right foot – while at the same time getting a clear look at what just might need to change in your life…without being paralyzed by it. No bypasses here! Just a clear path forward that acknowledges your strengths – while you’re empowered to work on the things that are challenging.
What do you do when you feel like you’re the only one doing the work in your relationship? When things would just fall apart if you weren’t on top of it? Or what can you do if things aren’t going so well, and you’re the only one who seems to care enough to try and make things different? And how do you know when it’s time to stop trying…and walk away? It turns out there are a lot of options available to you – and some of them will probably surprise you!
If your relationship is going to thrive and stand the test of time, then what are the essential ingredients for that to happen? What do you have the “right” to do – and experience – in your relationship? And – like any time that we have rights – what are the responsibilities that go along with those rights? After this week’s episode, you’ll be able to diagnose what’s going well in your relationship – and where important things are missing.
If you have an insecure attachment style (or your partner does – or both of you do) – can you have a healthy relationship? And how do you know if an issue that comes up is something that you’ll actually be able to fix? Avoidant, anxious, island, wave – or secure – sure, it’s helpful to be able to identify your attachment style – but what can you actually do about the unhealthy patterns that arise? Today we’re going to talk about what it really looks like to move from insecure to secure attachment – and how to get out of an unhealthy dynamic into something more positive.
Have you ever gone through a major life change, and then, in retrospect, wondered how you could have possibly been living the way that you were living? Everything seemed so great at the time, right? Or, at least, great enough. But when the spell is broken, and the veil is lifted – suddenly everything looks different. Hindsight is 20/20 – and one of life’s biggest challenges is to see things accurately in the moment. In today’s episode you’ll get strategies to get past how you *wish* things were – in order to see things as they actually are.
Modern dating can be so challenging. Simply finding good people is challenging. Knowing how to take a relationship to the next level, when to commit, or when to get out of a relationship so that you can find something better – that’s challenging! Today we’re going to focus on all the ways that you can get out of your own way, and use the power of behavioral science to make better choices and break old patterns as you navigate the world of modern love. Our guest is Logan Ury, author of the new book “How to Not Die Alone: The Surprising Science that Will Help You Find Love”. You’ll find that there are all sorts of ways for you to adjust what you do to make the kinds of decisions that lead to deeper, more fulfilling connections.
When you want to shift something in your life, sometimes the scale of the change can seem daunting. So how do you get from point A to point B (or…point Z) in a way that’s actually doable – and sustainable? It can be tempting to take drastic actions to make big changes – but you might sabotage your changes by falling into your old habits. Today we’ll talk about how you can create positive changes in your relationship, or something else in your life, in a way that’s practical, and relatively easy – no matter how big the change.
Are ultimatums ever a good idea? If so – when? If not, what can you do instead? What should you do if you receive an ultimatum from your partner? And how do you undo the damage that an ultimatum can do to a relationship? In this episode, we’re going to cover all the ins and outs of what to do when you come up against a dealbreaker in your relationship, and how to handle your last-ditch attempts to get things back on track.
When emotions are stuck within you – how can you use your creativity to get things moving? Sometimes the muse within you is a quiet whisper – other times screaming for your attention. Today we’ll talk about how to find the voice – and what to do once you have. And, towards the end, I’ll share a song with you that arrived after recording my last episode, on the process of going through a breakup and grieving. (song is at [19:20])
Excellent episode about Making Marriage Last. The chemistry between Marlo and Phil after all these years was palpable. Such wisdom and insight. I will listen to this episode again.
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November 10, 2020 by KDKay1 from United States
I have mentioned your podcast several times on my podcast Living Connected - NVC
I have taken so many notes on each episode. I find the things you say are so real and honest and true. Keep up the hard work. I feel your grief and you are not alone. I will continue sharing your podcast. You are that good!! I have learned and Evolved in so many ways Bc of you. Thank you. 🥰❤️
Soooo many juicy nuggets within these episodes!
September 5, 2020 by Gina Swire Self Love Expert from United Kingdom
Wow, I’ve listened to quite a few episodes and LOVE what I hear. Thank you for this wisdom. Much appreciated and helpful! 💖
August 7, 2020 by Hessboogie from United States
Recently discovered this podcast after a tough conversation with my partner. I realized that I don’t have a lot of experience when it comes to relationship and hoping to start the work. This podcast provides good tips and insight. Will continue listening!
Love this podcast!
July 2, 2020 by orit.krug from United States
Neil keeps it real in a way that’s inspiring and massively helpful, and at the same time... he helps us feel normal and hopeful that we are not alone in our relationship struggles. I so appreciate him sharing his own relatable stories that feel SO supportive to my own relationship growth!