Posts Categorized: Relationships

Gone off sex?

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It’s common for a relationship to go through phases where one or both partners lose interest in sex. Sexual interest tends to ebb and flow over time – and partners may have different sex drives at different stages in a relationship. Losing interest can also be related to specific issues in the relationship, or external pressures… Read more »

Dating: the pleasures and pitfalls

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Dating can be a great way of meeting and getting to know a potential partner. Online dating has made it possible to meet more new people than ever – and more easily too. And while that’s allowed us to have more control over the types of people we meet, and to think in more detail about… Read more »

Alternatives to ‘ghosting’

Social media has brought a whole new range of opportunities and insecurities to relationships. On the ‘down side’, those who date and have grown up with social media face the likes of ‘ghosting’. For those lucky enough to not have experienced it, ‘ghosting’ is when someone you’ve been seeing suddenly cuts off all contact, seemingly… Read more »

Breaking up is hard to do

You’ve decided to put an end to all the arguing, all the tension, all the indecision – and tell your partner: ‘It’s over.’ All you’ve got to do is actually do it! It sounds straightforward enough. But it’s not always easy. Maybe you’re worried about hurting your partner. Perhaps you know they don’t want to break… Read more »

Blame can be toxic

When you’re on the receiving end of blame it can be exhausting, exasperating and painful. It can make you feel tiny: like nothing you do is good enough or ever will be. It can break down your sense of trust in your partner and replace it with a growing sense of resentment and anger. And,… Read more »

That’s not cheating – or is it?

‘Micro-cheating’ – said to be a new buzzword – is all about little things you might think aren’t that naughty, but could turn out to be. Is there such a thing – ‘cheating but only a bit’? Yes, says Dr Martin Graff, professor of psychology at the University of South Wales, who wrote about this… Read more »

How to argue less

Arguments are common in all kinds of relationships. Some degree of conflict can even be healthy, as it means both people are expressing themselves, rather than keeping everything inside and letting emotions fester. But if you’re arguing all the time, or simple disagreements end up in a hostile silence or screaming match, it can really… Read more »

9 characteristics of successful couples

Christmas is fast approaching – a time of family, fun and laughter. Or it should be. Christmas can also be a time of intense pressure and stress, leading to arguments and upsets between couples – the exact opposite of what everyone is looking forward to! So how do some couples manage to not only survive… Read more »