Understanding Emotional Infidelity

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Understanding Emotional Infidelity

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Understanding Emotional Infidelity

“This is how dishonesty and betrayal started, not in big lies but in small secrets.” Amy Tan

One of my clients had recently learned of her husband engaging in emotional infidelity with a woman he worked alongside each day. She had been able to move past it by telling herself: It was only emotional; at least they never had sex.

One day later, I had a different client whose husband had cheated on her but it was purely physical. There was no emotional connection between them. She had made peace with it because it was only sex, void of ...continue reading...

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My Musings on Marriage

“Most of us are imprisoned by something. We’re living in darkness until something flips on the switch.” Wynonna Judd

 

I love the idea of having someone to walk beside in this life.

I love that we get to be a witness to one another’s lives.

And I love that we get to share the joys and sorrows of life with another human being.

But the institution of marriage is sort of a peculiar thing to me…

Marriage was originally created as an alliance between two families, where the property rights, money, and bloodlines could be secured within the ...continue reading...

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All Love Matters…Even When It Ends

When my client, who I’ll refer to as Vicky began working with me, she was trying to determine if there was any hope for her marriage that had been on the ropes for years. They were separated and ready to file papers, but she was still holding on and wasn’t sure why.One week later, her husband told her that from his perspective, he was done and the marriage was over. As you can imagine, the finality of that sent her reeling…thinking she had just wasted the last twenty years with a man who didn’t love her anymore. After the shock ...continue reading...

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If Your Husband is Controlling, Here’s Why.

“If I was meant to be controlled, I would have come with a remote.” Genereux Philip

 

Many of my clients have controlling husbands.

Their husbands are afraid that their wives are not being fully honest, so they watch their every move and monitor their phones.

Their husbands are afraid that their wives will spend too much or spend on something they don’t agree with buying, so they control the finances.

Their husbands are afraid of what other people will think if their picture-perfect life changes.

It goes the other way too; sometimes women attempt to control their husband’s ...continue reading...

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Someone Has to Take the Lead

“Peace doesn’t require two people; it only requires one. It has to be you. The problem begins and ends there.” Byron Katie

When a relationship is struggling, it’s easy to sit back and wait for the other person to make the necessary changes to make it better. But it’s not an effective strategy because it very rarely happens that one partner takes the lead, so the problems continue to worsen, the resentments mount and the disconnection between the two people widens.

It takes only one person to make a difference. I know we’ve been told that we both have ...continue reading...

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Judgement Doesn’t Help

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” Mother Theresa

 

Women who have lied find me…

Women who have cheated find me…

Women who have engaged with married men find me…

Women who have done things they’re not proud of find me…

And even men who are imperfect themselves occasionally find me.

They find me because the words I use let them know they’re safe with me.

They won’t be judged.

Or ridiculed….

Or made to feel worse than they already do…

I lost my ability to judge others because I know what it’s like ...continue reading...

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The Tornado of the Type A Woman

“It can’t be a great marriage without being a great partnership.” Helen Mirren

 

In coaching, recognizing yourself in others is something called, ‘You spot it, you got it.’ The idea is that you wouldn’t truly be able to see and understand a client’s experience as deeply as you do unless you have an element of that in yourself as well.

And boy do I understand this one…

The Type A personality is defined as someone who is highly organized, ambitious, impatient, and may be competitive and/or aggressive in their approach to getting things done.

Sometimes, as women we ...continue reading...

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When We Betray Ourselves

“Discomfort is a wise teacher.” Carolyn Myss

 

My client, who I’ll refer to here as Stella, had been married for 18 years when she found out that her husband had been involved in an online emotional affair with an ex-girlfriend for at least three years.

Sounds like a betrayal, right?

Yes, it was. But he wasn’t the only one doing some betraying…

Stella couldn’t remember the last time she felt good about her marriage.

They argued a lot and nothing ever seemed to get resolved.

Every time she tried to talk to her husband about the problems in ...continue reading...

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When You Take Responsibility, You Have the Ability to Respond

“One of the greatest challenges in creating a joyful, peaceful and abundant life is taking responsibility for what you do and how you do it. As long as you can blame someone else, be angry with someone else, point a finger at someone else, you are not taking responsibility for your life.” Iyanla Vanzant

 

Fran and Steve had been together for 26 years.

Fran had become more controlling after their children were born and their schedules became more and more chaotic.

She would frequently talk over him when he tried to speak.

She would stifle his ideas and ...continue reading...

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Some Practical Relationship Advice

“You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.”  Epicurus

The average American spends 2160 days in school, and based upon the average life span, that’s 12% of all the days of our lives spent in school. During that time, we learn about things such as math, science, reading, writing, languages, etc. These are all important topics to help us function in the world and become productive adults.

But at the end of our lives, when we’re lying there close to taking our last breath and reflecting ...continue reading...

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