Can Your Attachment Style Change Over Time? A Therapist Explains

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I have been aware my whole life that I have an anxious attachment style. This attachment style came from my upbringing (it's a long story!), and it affected the way I was showing up in my romantic relationships. I tended to need constant...

Why Bids For Connection Are Crucial For Successful Relationships

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A bid for connection is just that—your partner offers (or bids) a piece of communication and connection without asking you a direct question. It's simply a statement or musing that attempts to garner a reaction, and it signifies a yearning for connection.Here's an...

What Does Hopeless Romantic Mean? 6 Signs You Might Be One

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"There's nothing wrong with being a hopeless romantic, someone who believes in true love, appreciates romance, and wants the fairy-tale type of relationship," Allen says. "The problem with being a hopeless romantic comes from a lack of awareness of being one. If you're someone...

9 Surefire Ways To Make A Relationship Last, From Experts

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This next level refers to how you respond to your partner. Do you ignore them (turn away), or do you engage (turn towards)? According to the Gottmans, how you react to your partner’s bids for connection can shed light on this level. Let’s say...

7 Common Signs A Person Is Self-Absorbed & Self-Centered

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The hard truth is there isn't much you can do to help someone be less self-absorbed. You can suggest therapy, but ultimately the work is their own to do. "You don't want the goal to be making someone less self-centered. You want to...

What They Are & 9 Steps To Healing Them

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Attachment issues, also called attachment wounds, are challenges that a person has with forming secure attachments in relationships, sometimes referred to as your attachment style. Your attachment style is your mind's template for how safe you are in a relationship.Whatever attachment style you...

Is Your Ex Pretending To Be Over You? 12 Signs + What To Do

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People deal with breakups in a myriad of ways, and if someone is looking to save face, then yes, they certainly may act like everything is fine and dandy. They may hold feelings of bitterness, want to get back together, or simply want...

5 Ways For Adult Children To Cope With Divorcing Parents

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If your parents divorce when you are an adult, you will likely contend with several challenges that many others do not understand. Friends or family members may say to you, "Aren't you glad they didn't divorce when you were six years old?" or...

Have You Been Zombied? A Closer Look Into The Dating Trend

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According to Jaime Zuckerman, Psy.D., LCP, zombies fall into two main categories: those who have insight and awareness, and those who don't.The insightful, self-aware zombie was likely no longer interested but uncomfortable communicating the issue, she says, so they avoided the discussion by...