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Relationship Challenges

Any time we interact with another human being, we are in a process of establishing, maintaining, disrupting, reconciling, or ending a relationship. Whether between friends, lovers, family members, colleagues, teachers and students, or employees and customers, we navigate a wide range of relationships every day. Relationship challenges can run the gamut from passive issues, like differences in communication styles, to active ones, such as a breach of trust. When we investigate these with curiosity, we sometimes begin to see patterns to the challenges we experience, and these can point us toward resolution.

How to Rebuild Trust After a Betrayal

Trust is an essential component of a strong relationship, but it doesn’t happen quickly. And once it’s broken, it’s hard to rebuild.

Fred Luskin on Overcoming the Pain of Intimacy

The director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Projects explores how to cope with the pain of a fight with someone we love.

How to Rebuild Trust with Someone Who Hurt You

Four steps to restore trust and repair a damaged relationship.

Forgiveness: The Secret to a Healthy Relationship

Scientists who study forgiveness have long agreed that it is one of the most important contributors to a healthy relationship. Studies have shown that couples who practice forgiveness are more likely to enjoy longer, more satisfying romantic relationships.

How to Forgive Someone Who Has Hurt You: In 15 Steps

Forgiving others is essential for spiritual growth. Your experience of someone who has hurt you, while painful, is now nothing more that a thought or feeling that you carry around.

Fake Forgiveness Is Toxic for Relationships

Accepting an apology or brushing off a slight can benefit the offender and the offended alike—but only if you really commit to it.

Two Magic Words That Keep Relationships Together

Without these two words, marriage, friendship and family can fall apart.

Abandonment Triggered: 6 Reminders for When Reactivity Strikes

Abandonment is a nasty Sonofab*tch to deal with.

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