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Marriage

Marriage is a part of most Americans. Learning how to be married takes practice and acquired tools. I hope these articles help you and your partner.

Special Concerns for Dating Couples Approaching Marriage

The objective of this article is to outline the issues that create the most anxiety in couples considering marriage.

By: Susan Adams, M. Ed.

Special Concerns for Dating Couples Approaching Marriage

Summary: What are the subjects on which communication is especially difficult for couples approaching marriage? There are several that can present major problems. Continue reading

Counseling Thoughts for Premarital Couples/Danger Signs in Dating

The objective of this article is to help dating couples who are thinking of marriage to identify some common danger signs in the relationship and to provide some guidance for treatment.

By: Susan Adams, M. Ed.

Counseling Thoughts for Premarital Couples/Danger Signs in Dating

Summary: Premarital counseling is a good emotional checkup and a wise investment as it increases the odds for a successful marriage. Continue reading

Why Some People Fail to Make Emotional Contact in Dating

The objective of this article is to help people who fail to make emotional contact with others understand why that might be.

By: Susan Adams, M. Ed.

Why Some People Fail to Make Emotional Contact in Dating

Summary: Real communication is important but can be difficult to master. This is why, without it, some people circle the dating world forever without ever getting connected to anyone. Continue reading

Skills of Understanding and Being Understood in Relationships

The objective of this article is to help dating couples understand how to make connections with each other in order to make long lasting relationships.

By: Susan Adams, M. Ed.

Skills of Understanding and Being Understood in Relationships

Summary: The first issue in building communication that works in your relationship is understanding its importance to having intimacy. Continue reading

Achieving Good Sexual Communication

The objective of this article is to help couples achieve a satisfying sexual relationship.

By: Susan Adams, M. Ed

Achieving Good Sexual Communication

Summary: A mutually satisfying sexual relationship can be a lifetime of joy for a couple. However, it doesn’t happen magically–any more than verbal communication does. This article presents a discussion of how to develop good sexual communication, beginning in the courtship. Continue reading

Building Trust for dating Couples Planning Marriage

The objective of this article is to provide an exercise for couples – dating or married – for assessing trust that exists and building trust.

By: Susan Adams, M. Ed

Building Trust for dating Couples Planning Marriage 
(or those who are married)

Summary: We all carry different levels of trust based on our prior experiences. Continue reading

The Safety of Expression-An Exercise for Dating Couples

 Headed Toward Marriage or for the Married Who want to Enhance Their Relationship

The objective of this article is to provide an activity for couples–both those thinking of marriage, and those who already are married who want to enhance their relationship to do so in the arena of improving the emotional climate around the safety of expression.

By: Susan Adams, M. Ed. Continue reading

Communication in Marriage

The objective of this article is to identify the communication skills needed in marriage.

By: Susan Adams, M. Ed.

Communication in Marriage

Summary: In any relationship of any importance, let alone a partnership like marriage, the negotiation of the realtionship is critical. In order to have successful negotiations, partners need to be able to explain their experience of being who they are and understand the experience of their partner. Continue reading

Role of Expectations in Marriage

The objective of this article is to describe how expectations can affect marital success.

By: Susan Adams M.Ed.

The Role of Expectations in Marriage

Summary: Expectations of marriage have changed radically in the last fifty years. Today it is considered a partnership, though many times people are not conditioned for this. Many partners have misinformation about what marriage is and is not. Continue reading

Effect of Money on Marriage

The objective of this article is to present a discussion of how money affects relationships.

By: Susan Adams M.Ed.

The Effect of Money on Marriage

Summary: Money is seen as power by many people–he (or she) who has it has the power and the partner without is is out of power. Too much money or too little produces a negative effect on many relationships. Continue reading