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Dr. Eris, Previously, my boyfriend and I were engaged but he cancelled the wedding, fearing finances and distance being that I'm only a second year grad student.  I was so shocked and angry, but I didn't want to breakup with him. I spent a good part of a year loving and resenting him simultaneously, but I decided I was sinking to an all-time desperate low and started to focus on myself a little bit more.  Needless to say we started falling in love again (even more than before) and I knew another engagement was coming.  I was impatient and hopeful, but not too whiny...

Each person shows love and likes to receive love differently. Some like words of affirmation while others like to be kissed, cuddled and spend quality time together. Some like to receive gifts or have some help around the house. Other people like to communicate and have long talks. Everyone is different. The important thing for you to figure out is what your partner needs from you to show them that you love them. Many times we know what our partners want but we are unwilling to give it. We might do this because we feel like we aren’t getting in return or there...

One of the major causes of relationship problems is self-abandonment. We’ve all done it or have seen our friends do it. We fall into the spend-every-minute-you-can-with-them beginnings of a relationship (what I call the La La Land Stage in love). You can’t imagine life without your partner. In fact, you won’t even consider it. When you abandon yourself, you let go of your self-interests and desires. Time with your friends begins to drift away. Your gym membership suddenly is gathering dust, you begin to drink more because he’s a drinker, or you become a vegan because they are. You begin to believe...