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What were you taught about sex?

What were you taught about sex?

Now that you and your partner have examined your family life and how that shaped your personality and coping mechanisms, it is time to look back at your relationship and sexual history. It’s not only your family who has put things into your baggage. You need to...

Secrets in your family

Secrets in your family

In my last several blogs, I have asked you and your partner to reflect on your family histories, and the ways each of your upbringings have manifested themselves in your current relationship. The last topic I want you to discuss as part of this exercise is secrecy....

Was there substance abuse or mental illness in your family?

Was there substance abuse or mental illness in your family?

Last week, I asked you and your partner to discuss your experiences with conflict. Unfortunately, a common source of family conflict is substance abuse and mental illness. The presence of these difficulties in our childhood homes can have a significant effect on our...

Conflict in your family

Conflict in your family

If you have been following along with the conversation topics I have offered for you and your partner, I hope that you have begun to uncover some of the ways your upbringing has affected your relationship, be it positively and negatively. Let’s turn now to the topic...

How did your family talk about sex?

How did your family talk about sex?

Last week, I asked you and your partner to discuss the love and support your experienced in your families growing up. Now let’s talk about sex. Sex Your family has a big impact on your attitude toward sex. Some of you come from families that were open about sex,...

Love and support in your family

Love and support in your family

If you have been following my blog, you have so far discussed your family of origin and its power dynamics with your partner. Let’s continue. Love and Support Families differ in whether (and how) they show love and affection. Some of you will have been raised feeling...

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