*updated on 9/5/2023
It’s pretty obvious to anyone with a pulse over the age of 12 that there is a major difference between infatuation and love.
Still, the words “I love you” seem to get thrown around a lot. For instance, certain popular rom-com movies show relationships developing in less than two hours! In that context, “I love you” doesn’t exactly carry the same weight as a couple who says it to each other after 50 years of marriage.
*Blog post updated on 8/28/2023
If I just love him enough, he’ll change.
If I just treat her well enough, things will get better.
If I just let it go this time, they’ll figure it out and won’t do it again.
If you’ve ever known someone in an abusive relationship, these phrases will sound all-too-familiar.
While physical abuse is more overt and easy to recognize, emotional or psychological abuse proves more complicated and difficult to pinpoint. A...
Consider the last argument or disagreement you had with a loved one.
During that emotionally charged conversation, did you find yourself creating a case in your head for why the person you were arguing with was wrong?
Were you more focused on making a mental note of all the ways you could prove to that person how and why you were right?
Or maybe you were on the opposite end of that scenario and, while sharing your thoughts or opinion, could tell the person you were talking...
There are so many lists of tips and tricks for dating, and so many opinions on what to look for in a spouse that I decided to boil everything down to one very simple idea.
And although I've been married for quite a few years now, this idea doesn't only come from my lived experience. It's actually also based on philosophy, theology, and the hundreds of combined years of patients’ lives that have been shared with me while accompanying others as a psychologist and mentor.
Although I don’t watch TV often, I recently had some downtime (which also doesn't happen very often!) and decided I wanted to veg out a bit. While perusing through the streaming channels for documentaries, I thought it might be interesting to find a show that would teach me how “the other side” thinks.
I landed on a talk show hosted by Jon Stewart (who I think it’s safe to say...
Why is this relationship so draining? Do I just need to cut this person out of my life completely?
I can't handle my [parent/child/boss/etc.] anymore! Every conversation we have ends in an argument! Should I stop communicating with them for good?
I get questions like this all the time from clients and friends alike. The questions aren't about just one kind of relationship either. From friendships to dating to parent/child relationships, the question of healthy boundaries pertains...
The month of March is designated in the U.S. as "Women's History Month" - a month-long celebration of the contributions and accomplishments of women.
Throughout her history, the Church has also celebrated the contributions of many incredible, beautiful, passionate and holy women to our world. Coincidentally, it is during this month that we celebrate one of the greatest "accomplishments" by any woman ever.
On March 25th, we celebrate a major feast day, the Solemnity of the...
Note: For those of you who aren't married, hang in there with me - some of this info can apply to any relationship.
Living out the sacrament of marriage in a peaceful, prosperous time can be challenging.
Living out that same sacrament during a time of pandemic, social unrest and economic uncertainty? The level of difficulty gets ratcheted up a few notches.
So how is your marriage doing?
Has the stress of the past year impacted your relationship? Have you grown in intimacy & friendship...
~This is a post written by guest blogger Sean Faulkner, LPC, a CatholicPsych Institute psychotherapist.
There are many ways that we try to define ourselves. We so often seek to determine our identity based on what we do, what we like, our vices, our personality type, our relationship status, our illnesses, and the list goes on.
But are we really just “the attorney” or “the foodie,” “the addict,” "the schizophrenic," or “the...
~Written by guest blogger Sean Faulkner, CatholicPsych Institute psychotherapist.
There is little more hurtful than to not feel seen, known, or understood. Humans were made for connection, relationship, community, and love, so much so that when we are misunderstood, ignored, dismissed or dominated, the pain of those wounds go really deep. For one’s voice to be stifled or muted is an offense against one’s dignity, and thus a grave injustice. In contrast, the...