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Now displaying: January, 2016
Jan 26, 2016

Description:

It should come as no shock when marital partners disagree and feel angry.  That is part of life, and there are clean ways to address the disputes.  Some individuals, however, become so intense in their emotions that their behavior becomes abusive.  In this episode we will identify eight indicators of verbal abuse, and we will also discuss ways to respond to the abuse so it will not increase.

Something to Think about:

 

  • The beginning of abuse involves a need to dominate and belittle.
  • Abusers are hurt people and they somehow justify to themselves that the way to alleviate the hurt is to dole out hurt.
  • When responding to verbal abuse it is a mistake to assume you can reform that person’s thinking at that moment.

 

Let’s Talk Question:

In your opinion, how do verbal abusers rationalize their behavior so it seems less severe than it really is?

Jan 19, 2016

Description:

Many marriages experience undue strain because they are built upon a set of expectations that cannot be sustained.  While romantic, eros love has its place, abiding love is anchored in an appreciation for the mundane, less stellar elements of relating.  This episode will contrast infatuated feelings with a grounded approach toward the concept of being in love.

 

Something to Think about:

 

  • Infatuated feelings ultimately place such a weight upon a relationship that it leads to predictable collapse.
  • True love builds slowly as time allows the participants to get to know the sum total of the other person’s pluses and minuses.
  • Intimacy can actually be built upon knowing the worst about each other as you then learn how to bring balance to one another’s lives.

 

 

Let’s Talk Question:

What example from your life would illustrate how true love can exist even when the relationship does not meet ideal expectations?

Jan 12, 2016

Description:

One of the most difficult patterns of life is narcissism, a deep sense of self-absorption driven by entitlement and manipulation.  This episode identifies 8 qualities to watch for as you discern if you are dealing with a narcissist.  Once you recognize the narcissistic pattern, you will probably need to determine how to apply firm boundaries, as opposed to getting caught in circular arguments you will never win.

 

Something to Think about:

 

  • Narcissists operate with low empathy and high control.
  • True intimacy is difficult with a narcissist because of the inability to coordinate.
  • Rather than getting caught in circular arguments with a narcissist, it is wiser to live out your assertions with decisive priorities.

 

 

Let’s Talk Question:

In what ways have you felt trapped as you try to coordinate life with a narcissist?

Jan 5, 2016

Description:

Agitation and conflict can be part of marriages, but when it becomes persistent or exaggerated it creates an atmosphere of abuse that can lead to nothing good.  Too commonly partners can remain in a cycle of abuse and great damage is done to the relationship.  This episode addresses the serious nature of abuse and identifies ways to respond if it is ongoing.

Something to Think about:

 

  • It is never right or good to make excuses for abusive behavior.
  • Abusers have a multitude of psychological problems that need to be addressed in an accountable atmosphere.
  • As it becomes clear that abuse will be ongoing, staying in the relationship makes less and less sense.

Let’s Talk Question:

What rationalizations have you heard from people who try to minimize the seriousness of abuse?

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