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Let’s Talk Relationships: Single on Valentine’s Day? How to be your own valentine
02-09-2024 12:48 PM

By AMY NEWSHORE

Many of us are facing Valentine’s Day with a lack of enthusiasm, to say the least. You may be newly single and are feeling raw and shaky. You may have been on your own for a long time and here you are, solo, once again on this holiday. Or you may find...

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Let’s Talk Relationships: How to give a good apology: Apologizing is key to restoring trust in relationships
01-26-2024 12:40 PM

By AMY NEWSHORE

It is inevitable that we are going to make mistakes and sometimes hurt others, even those we love. When a relationship has been impacted by harmful words or actions, offering a sincere, heartfelt apology can go a long way toward mending the rupture....


Let’s Talk Relationships: Tips to combat the ‘seven year itch’: How to transform boredom into more closeness and fun in the new year
12-01-2023 11:50 AM

By AMY NEWSHORE

Committed relationships usually start with the exciting promise of a well-lived life together. Each partner is filled with anticipation, dreams and plans, and overall positive expectancy.Over time, one or both partners may feel disillusioned and...


Let’s Talk Relationships: Healing through touch: How caring touch boosts mental and physical health
11-03-2023 9:51 AM

By AMY NEWSHORE

Some of us are affectionate by nature and others not so much. Yet every one of us needs some degree of touch in our lives. Touch is a natural part of many areas in our lives — in friendships, love relationships, our families, and activities such as...


Let’s Talk Relationships: When we’re alone, together: Unpacking how loneliness, now considered a public health crisis, winds up in our relationships
09-01-2023 1:50 PM

By AMY NEWSHORE

Loneliness is an emotionally painful experience. Many of us associate loneliness with being alone; however, one can experience loneliness at work, in a college classroom, at a party or at home with family. Studies even show that 33% to 40% of married...


Let’s Talk Relationships: Can relationships survive infidelity?
08-04-2023 1:51 PM

By AMY NEWSHORE

When infidelity has been revealed, the worst nightmare in a marriage or relationship has become a reality. The life that was known before has now drastically changed into one of uncertainty and immense pain.The term “infidelity” is used here to mean a...


Let’s Talk Relationships: Could I be a narcissist?: Facing unpleasant discoveries about ourselves requires courage and self-honesty
06-30-2023 2:34 PM

By AMY NEWSHORE

This column is part three of a three-part series on narcissism. Click here and here to read the previous columns.Are you wondering if you might be a narcissist?To ask such a question, one must be able to self-reflect, with a sense of curiosity and a...


Let’s Talk Relationships: Red flags: Spotting narcissistic abuse
06-02-2023 2:08 PM

By AMY NEWSHORE

Abuse in relationships may not always be easily identifiable when there is narcissism involved. Yet “narcissistic abuse” is just as damaging and unacceptable as any other form of abuse. No matter where narcissistic people fall on the narcissism...


Let’s Talk Relationships: Narcissism ranges from traits to disorder
05-05-2023 5:28 PM

By AMY NEWSHORE

As with other mental health challenges that have received a lot of attention in the media (such as autism, bipolar disorder and ADHD), narcissism has become a familiar household word in recent years. Studies indicate that the psychiatric condition...


Let’s Talk Relationships: Setting and respecting healthy boundaries is crucial
04-09-2023 12:06 PM

By AMY NEWSHORE

Setting boundaries is a life skill that involves setting limits and rules for how people treat us, who we want in our lives and how close we wish to be with others.To really open our hearts to others, we need to be able to trust that we will be...


Let’s Talk Relationships: What do happy couples do?
03-03-2023 6:18 PM

By AMY NEWSHORE

Do happy couples have a secret for lasting fulfillment in their relationships? The answer is “no.” It is never one thing that they all have in common. It is a bunch of things. Researchers have determined that certain habits and ways of communicating...


Let’s Talk Relationships: Anger is a signal: what is it telling you?
02-03-2023 4:29 PM

By AMY NEWSHORE

Like sadness, happiness and fear, anger is a natural emotion that is part of the human experience. Our anger can arise in many situations: a traffic jam, an argument with our partner, a bad day at work, or when our kids are not listening to us.Anger...


Let’s Talk Relationships: A special relationship: The one with yourself
01-06-2023 6:10 PM

By AMY NEWSHORE

What is great about you? Do you believe you are lovable, just as you are? Are you proud of having gotten through some struggles? Can you express your feelings and needs, and say “no” when needed? Do you believe you deserve to be happy?You may have...

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