Category: Relationships

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What is Emotional Intelligence, and is There a Way To Improve It?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  September 22, 2023

Have you ever thought about what type of people are the most successful in life? Initially, you might think it’s someone who’s intelligent. We tend to think of intelligence as being knowledgeable or educated; someone who’s able to think on their feet and solve problems with ease. Someone who is...

Can Understanding Your Partner's Love Language Improve Your Relationship?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  September 10, 2023

When it comes to relationships, understanding how your partner gives and receives love is paramount for fostering deeper connections and nurturing emotional well-being. In his 1992 book, The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate[1], Gary Chapman, renowned marriage counselor and author, introduced the concept of...

Why Am I the Black Sheep of the Family, and How Can I Cope?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  August 25, 2023

Have you ever felt like you don't belong in your family? Maybe you don't have anything in common with them, or you feel like you can't relate to them. Maybe you've been rejected by your family. Maybe your family doesn't accept you for who you are. This is sometimes called...

How To Move on With Your Life After Divorce

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  August 15, 2023

We get married believing we will be with our partner “until death do us part.” But for so many of us (nearly 50% of married couples, according to research), this isn’t how the story always goes[1]. There are many valid reasons to decide to end a marriage. But whether you...

How Do You Know if Your Sibling is Toxic?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  August 7, 2023

Some people are fortunate to have a positive relationship with their siblings. Your siblings might be the people you turn to whenever you’re in trouble or need support. For some people, though, the sibling relationship isn’t as agreeable. Toxic siblings manipulate and gaslight you. They take a normal level of...

Are You Part of a Toxic Family?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  July 30, 2023

‘Toxic’ is becoming an increasingly used word when discussing dysfunctional behaviors. As with its more traditional definition, toxic behavior describes actions or attitudes that are harmful, destructive, or negative to others, oneself, or the environment. Toxic behavior can have serious consequences for individuals, relationships, and communities, leading to stress, conflict,...

How Do You Deal With Someone Who Blames You For Their Mistakes?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  June 12, 2023

From time to time, we all find ourselves in relationships with other people that ‘don’t quite feel right.’ It could be a friendship, a romantic relationship, or even a dynamic within our family with a parent, sibling, child, or a member of your wider family or community network. Realizing you...

How To Cope When Someone is Gaslighting You

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  May 12, 2023

This article is about a form of psychological manipulation called gaslighting. It explores what gaslighting is, how and why it happens, and what to do if you suspect someone is gaslighting you.   What is gaslighting? According to the American Psychological Association Dictionary of Psychology, the definition of ‘to gaslight’...

What are the Five Types of Narcissism and How Do They Affect Different Types of Relationships

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  March 7, 2023

In recent years, the concept of narcissism has become increasingly well known. It’s not unusual to hear characters in popular culture such as movies, novels, and TV shows described as narcissists. While narcissism is actually a normal personality trait, for some people it can become exaggerated which then can become...

How to Trust Your Partner: 10 Tips

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  December 6, 2022

Many people who’ve been in a romantic relationship have experienced feeling distrustful of their partners. It could be because your partner has shown themselves to be untrustworthy. But it could also be because you’ve experienced things in your past that have led you to have a hard time trusting other...

Why Do I Get Annoyed So Easily?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  August 8, 2022

Possible causes and solutions for feeling irritable and short-tempered. Do you get annoyed by everything? Do feelings of frustration arise often? Perhaps other people notice that you are irritable, impatient, and snappy. There could be many reasons you are short-tempered, and plenty of ways to stop it. Find out why...

Four Attachment Styles in Relationship Dependency

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  May 26, 2022

Attachment theory highlights the importance of a strong, healthy attachment in childhood. This important attachment comes at the earliest stages of life to a parent or primary caregiver, usually a mother. This first, fundamental attachment, or relationship, sets the stage for all relationships going forward.

10 stress reducing tips for 2022

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  April 10, 2020

We are living in very stressful times, living in the time of this Coronavirus outbreak. The situation seems out of our control and our new way of living – either or lockdown or social distancing from loved ones –is uncomfortable and different. Here are 10 things you can do to...

Who Are You?

By: Hannah Smith  •  February 19, 2020

Part Two of a Six-part Series on Relationship Communication The darkness of the sky felt as if it might swallow the whole of her as she stared out the window that cold winter’s night. Tears streamed down Jena’s face as she replayed the evening’s events in her mind. The same...

Can Marriage Be Better Now Than Before a Crisis?

By: John Williams  •  January 15, 2020

One of my clients had had his marriage blow up in his face only months before. His pornography habit had been discovered yet again--after repeated promises of “I’m quitting now"--and his wife was so fed up she had left the house for a week. (It could just as easily be...

Beware the Uncomplaining Spouse

By: John Williams  •  January 10, 2020

“Things were going well all week with my wife and me, and I thought the tensions were behind us,” a client told me recently. “But no, last night, she got all upset again over nothing.” If your marriage has been disrupted by your spouse exploding over their discovery of your...

Rediscovering Childhood Through Your Adult Eyes

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  June 30, 2019

When you were growing up, you may have been told over and over, in a variety of ways, that you weren’t good enough, smart enough fast enough, thin enough, or just plain not enough of anything to please your parents.  In order to numb this crushing sense of failure and...

Is Your Relationship Turning You Away from God?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  December 29, 2018

What do people do when it seems God is not acting according to their expectations? Validation, assurance, relief, significance, and more -- are gifts from God. 

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