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» 5 Things That Make a Good Partner - World of Psychology

» 5 Things That Make a Good Partner  - World of Psychology | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
There are various myths about what makes a good partner. For instance, it’s a myth that a good partner has to agree with what you say, do or think, according t
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36 Relationship Lessons From 36 Years of Marriage

36 Relationship Lessons From 36 Years of Marriage | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
One can learn a great deal after 36 years of marriage if they have an intention to make it the best ever. Here are 36 lessons that guarantee it will be a success.
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Getting Rid of Negative Voices In Our Heads

Getting Rid of Negative Voices In Our Heads | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

"You are stupid. You are ugly. You will never amount to anything. You’re fat."

If we believed these, there would be no hope to be any different. We can conclude that we are and will always be a failure at life.

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Positivity in Relationships: 10 Ways to Radiate Good Vibes

Positivity in Relationships: 10 Ways to Radiate Good Vibes | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Agreement, appreciation and affection spread warmth like sunshine.

 

Some people are upbeat to talk with. They feel "warm." Whether they are your boss, your employee or colleague, your friend, family members or loved ones; these folks feel safe to share with, and, like sunshine, radiate good vibes. Their positivity makes you want to talk with them more. At the same time the warmth that they emit enhances the pleasure that they themselves experience in relationships.

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Forgiveness is a Verb and Jealousy is Not Love

Forgiveness is a Verb and Jealousy is Not Love | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

Many people ask me how to forgive. They read that they just have to make a choice to let go, they think that they just decide to do one day and the weight is lifted. They try this, they intend to let go, and they feel peace. But then later that day, the next day, or the next week, it comes back. Why? They wonder, I let it go. I must have not gotten it right. Or, It doesn’t work for me. Or, something is wrong with me, this proves it. The problem is me.

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The Well Thought-Out Life: Octomom, Co-dependancy, and Intentional Love - M. Scott Peck

The Well Thought-Out Life: Octomom, Co-dependancy, and Intentional Love - M. Scott Peck | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

* I've been randomly going through the sections that have really struck me in M. Scott Peck's book The Road Less Travelled. In his section on love he attempts to define love by describing what love is not. Last time I wrote about love not being the same as "falling in love",

 

Peck has a chapter on "Cathexis Without Love". I think we'd define it it as co-dependency, and the chapter made some great points about the way some people pour out "love" for pets and yet struggle to form healthy relationships with people. Peck compares this to military men with war brides that couldn't speak English. "When their brides learned English, the marriages began to fall apart. The servicemen could then no longer project upon their wives their own thoughts, feelings, desires and goals and feel the same sense of closeness one feels with a pet."

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» 7 Tips for the Romantically Challenged on Valentine’s Day - World of Psychology

» 7 Tips for the Romantically Challenged on Valentine’s Day - World of Psychology | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
When Valentine’s Day rolls around, there’s pressure to buy or do something swanky or extra-special. And for some partners this spells trouble.
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Love and Stockholm Syndrome

People are often amazed at their own psychological conditions and reactions. Those with depression are stunned when they remember they’ve thought of killing themselves. Patients recovering from severe psychiatric disturbances are often shocked as they remember their symptoms and behavior during the episode. A patient with Bipolar Disorder recently told me “I can’t believe I thought I could change the weather through mental telepathy!” A common reaction is “I can’t believe I did that!”

 

In clinical practice, some of the most surprised and shocked individuals are those who have been involved in controlling and abusive relationships. When the relationship ends, they offer comments such as “I know what he’s done to me, but I still love him”, “I don’t know why, but I want him back”, or “I know it sounds crazy, but I miss her”. Recently I’ve heard “This doesn’t make sense. He’s got a new girlfriend and he’s abusing her too…but I’m jealous!” Friends and relatives are even more amazed and shocked when they hear these comments or witness their loved one returning to an abusive relationship. While the situation doesn’t make sense from a social standpoint, does it make sense from a psychological viewpoint? The answer is - Yes!

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A Lasting Romance Is Built on Flaws: 6 Tips for a Strong Relationship

A Lasting Romance Is Built on Flaws: 6 Tips for a Strong Relationship | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
We can find a good match, but the perfect match doesn't exist. We all have flaws. Accepting each other's flaws is the foundation of a strong relationship.
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Fahari Health Resources's curator insight, November 20, 2013 5:44 PM

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7 Ways to Cultivate a Deep Sense of Love for Yourself

7 Ways to Cultivate a Deep Sense of Love for Yourself | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
These 7 steps have helped me to expand in my consciousness and move to a place of actually feeling the love that already lies within.
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Beating the Valentine's Day Blues: Redefining Intimate Relationship Success

Beating the Valentine's Day Blues: Redefining Intimate Relationship Success | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
The path to true romantic success isn't out toward some other ideal person -- it instead demands that we turn inward, and develop our own capacities to choose appropriate partners, form intimate bonds, and maintain mutually satisfying relationships.
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Can anxiety kill your ability to love? - CNN.com

Can anxiety kill your ability to love? - CNN.com | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Daniel Smith: Anxiety is a wily, reactive affliction; it recedes in response to positive life events but it seldom recedes for long.
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How to Restore Your Faith in Humanity

How to Restore Your Faith in Humanity | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
We are all born receptive to love, kindness and hope. As we grow up, we encounter the less hopeful, more challenging aspects of being human, including discovering that the things humans do at times can be hateful, calculating and unkind....
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Tiny Wisdom: When Other People Won’t Change | Tiny Buddha: Wisdom Quotes, Letting Go, Letting Happiness In

Tiny Wisdom: When Other People Won’t Change | Tiny Buddha: Wisdom Quotes, Letting Go, Letting Happiness In | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
The people we want to change—there are others out there who'd accept them, just as they are. We can choose to do that, or we can set them free and create the possibility of finding people we'd never want to change.
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Why Marriage Makes People Happy: Intimacy, shared support, and household roles help married couples achieve well-being and longevity gains

Marriage is, for many people, their most important relationship , the source of much happiness, and, for some, even adds extra years to their life. So, what is it about marriage that's so important to us?
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» Do You Need To Be Needed? - Partners in Wellness

» Do You Need To Be Needed? - Partners in Wellness | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

Peter Gabriel sang the song “Love To Be Loved” on his 1992 album Us. Do these lyrics sound like you?

 

So, you know how people are
When it’s all gone much too far
The way their minds are made
Still, there’s something you should know
That I could not let show
That fear of letting go...

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Characteristics of Healthy Relationships - John Cloud, PhD

Characteristics of Healthy Relationships - John Cloud, PhD | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Healthy relationships are characterized by respect, sharing and trust. They are based on the belief that both partners are equal, that the power and control in the relationship are equally shared.

 

Some of the characteristics of a healthy relationship are:

 

Respect - listening to one another, valuing each other's opinions, and listening in a non-judgmental manner. Respect also involves attempting to understand and affirm the other's emotions.

 

Trust and support - supporting each other's goals in life, and respecting each other's right to his/her own feelings, opinions, friends, activities and interest. It is valuing one's partner as an individual...

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