Your partner doesn't share his or her problems or worries. Your partner seems disinterested when you are talking. Your partner isn't moved by your strong emotions. Your partner seems apathetic during a conflict. Your partner withdraws and doesn't want to spend time with you. Your partner seems disinterested in sex. Your partner doesn't try to [...]
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This kind of relationship requires an emotional investment from both partners. There is a consistent effort to strengthen the emotional bond by engaging in the following behaviors: Spend quality time together. Engage in physical affection. Have regular, meaningful conversations. Be open and transparent with one another. Listen attentively to one another. Share hopes, dreams, and [...]
A dysfunctional family is one whose interactions are distorted by the addictions, compulsions, and behaviors of one or more of its members. As a result, the needs of each individual in the family are ignored and a rule of “don’t trust, don’t feel” emerges. The result is that children grow up with their own self-destructive [...]
For the Codependency Test answer each question with “yes” (mostly true for me) or “no” (mostly not true for me). Circle each “yes” answer and count the total. 1. Do you tolerate mistreatment from people in hopes of being loved? 2. Do you depend on people who are emotionally unavailable to care for you? 3. [...]
DIRECTIONS: For each of the statements below, the rate in your journal what is your level of exhibiting these behaviors in your life. Use the following rating scale: 1 = never 2 = rarely 3 = sometimes 4 = frequently 5 = almost always 1. I seek approval and affirmation from others, and I am [...]
1. Do you feel like you often “on eggshells” with this person? 2. Do you find yourself frequently upset and angry with this person? 3. Does this person emotionally drain you? 4. Do you find yourself rehearsing conversations you had with this person? 5. Have you emotionally distance yourself from this person? 6. Do you [...]
1. Does your partner enjoy humiliating you in public? 2. Do you find that the way your partner treated you at the beginning of the relationship is unrecognizable from the way they treat you now? 3. Are you persistently made to feel guilty for voicing your concerns in the relationship? 4. Does your partner shame [...]
Forgiveness Ephesians 4:32 In a fallen world, forgiveness is essential to maintain close relationships. We all need forgiveness and we all need to grant forgiveness, because we all sin and we all have been sinned against. But asking for and granting forgiveness are not easy tasks! It’s not an easy subject to understand, as [...]
The Strong-Willed Spouse: When Being Right Can Make Everything Wrong “Don’t be stubborn like a horse or mule. They need a bit and bridle in their mouth to restrain them, or they will not come near you.” Ps. 32:9 You’re in the middle of another argument with your partner. They’re driving you crazy. Can’t they see [...]