Every relationship experiences difficulties in communication from time to time.  This can be especially true when discussing sensitive or hot button items, which can often make emotions rise, defences come up, and disconnection ensue. “Fighting For Your Marriage” by Howard Markman, Scott Stanley and Susan Blumberg is...

In intimate relationships, control looks like when one partner takes ‘ownership’ over the other partner’s sense of reality.  If one partner is frequently attempting to manage their partner’s feelings, either by minimising, exaggerating, or altogether denying their partner’s feelings, this is control-abuse and not healthy...