Active Constructive Responding Relationships

What is Active Constructive Responding?

How positive we are when our significant other shares with us something they express with enthusiasm and feel strongly about, it turns out, not only speaks volumes about our attachment styles but also, have a long-term impact on the quality and longevity of our relationships. These mi
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Ways to handle emotional blackmail

18+ Ways to Handle Emotional Blackmail (+ Examples & Quotes)

Emotional blackmail is a dysfunctional form of manipulation that people use to place demands and threaten victims to get what they want. The undertone of emotional blackmail is if you don’t do what I want when I want it, you will suffer. The term was introduced by Susan Forward, Ph.D.
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How to build trust in relationships

10 Ways To Build Trust in a Relationship (+12 General Tips)

Trust. You cannot have a healthy relationship without it. To think about how important trust really is, I am sure all of us can bring to mind a scenario where our trust has been broken. How do we develop trust in the first place? Can that trust that has been broken be rebuilt? This ar
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positive punishment by boss

12 Examples of Positive Punishment & Negative Reinforcement

You might be thinking that “positive punishment” sounds like an oxymoron, or perhaps that it sounds like something very “adult” that is not generally discussed in polite company. After all, how can punishment be positive? No one likes punishment, right (those associated with the secon
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Interpersonal Effectiveness: 9 Worksheets & Examples (+ PDF)

Interpersonal Effectiveness: 9 Worksheets & Examples (+ PDF)

What is the most important skill a person can have? There is a myriad of skills that can be added to our repertoire, enhanced, and improved. There are thousands of courses, millions of books and articles, and countless tips and suggestions to improve our lives by cultivating a certain
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21 Couples Therapy Worksheets, Techniques, & Activities (PDF)

21 Couples Therapy Worksheets, Techniques, & Activities (PDF)

What if I told you there was a magic recipe for making a relationship work? I’m sure you wouldn’t believe me, and for good reason! It’s easy to see how difficult relationships can be. If there was some totally effective method for happy, healthy relationships out there, surely someone
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Relationship Therapy: Enhancing Your Capacity for Connection

Romantic Relationships: Enhancing Your Capacity for Connection

In today’s world, it may seem like a healthy and happy relationship is nearly impossible to build or maintain. With all of the added stress of working in the digital age, the ubiquitous interruptions of social media, and the breakneck pace at which our lives are now lived, cultivating
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How to Improve Communication in Relationships: 7 Essential Skills

7 Ways to Improve Communication in Relationships

We love connecting with other people because it makes us happy. And good communication is the key when it comes to positive social interaction. But what does a healthy conversation look like? How can you avoid overcommunicating? And how can you improve communication in a romantic rela
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Positive Parenting: How to Increase your Parenting Skills?

Positive parenting – sometimes called positive discipline, gentle guidance, or loving guidance – is simply guidance that keeps our kids on the right path, offered in a positive way that resists any temptation to be punitive. Studies show that’s what helps kids learn
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negativity bias development

How and When Do Children Develop a Negativity Bias?

Negativity bias is the idea that people pay more attention to negative things going on around them than positive things. Research in positive psychology is interested in this topic for the possibility of changing how people view the world, and to do so the environmental and evolutiona
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How to Get Your Desired Behaviour Using Operant Conditioning

“If you want a different result you have to choose a different behaviour.” – Dr. Phil   In behavioral psychology, reinforcement is a method of increasing the likelihood of a given behavior. Broadly, there are two types of reinforcement: positive and negative. In this articl
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The 10 Traits of a Positive Community

“Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.” – Paul Ryan Humans are made to live and work with others; we are social beings evolved to exist within communities. The quality of the communities productive to the degr
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Capitalization and Active Constructive Communication: The Power of Sharing Good News

If we consider the behavioural characteristics (expressive qualities) of our responses to each other (both verbal and non-verbal), we can divide them into two categories; active (overt), and passive (covert). But they can also be characterised either as constructive (positive), or des
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Keeping your Happy Marriage: Tips for Dealing with Marriage Issues

Despite all the happiness that newlyweds enjoy, it appears that marriage is not always for the long run with the number of case separations increasing every year (Karney, 2010).  “Most first marriages will end in divorce or permanent separation” (Bramlett & Mosher, 2002), and the
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