How to talk about all the icky things (So that you might feel a little less icky.)

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By Angelica Shiels Psy.D. I clean the house once a week, so if you come over near the end of the week, you might notice sticky floors, a smudged refrigerator, and blue kiddy toothpaste all over the upstairs bathroom sink. … Continue reading

From crazy love to just plain crazy….What often goes wrong in relationships.

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By Angelica Shiels Psy.D. Why do so many people fall into blazing-hot love, only to find themselves so dissatisfied years later? Well, “Imago relational theory” (just a theory, but I haven’t seen one situation where it doesn’t fit) gives us … Continue reading

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8 Secrets to Long-Term Monogamy: The Science of Happy Marriages.

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By Angelica Shiels Psy.D. (Article also posted to Lifehack.) I have been reading a lot about the concept of “monogamy” lately. Not just because I am doing research on sexual monogamy for my new professional venture.  Actually, the topic is kind of a bizarre hobby … Continue reading

Challenging the Epidemic of Disconnection: Awareness and Acceptance

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By Angelica Shiels Psy.D. As a mom of three little boys, I desperately want this world to be better. I want my boys to someday live in a world where people with a certain skin color aren’t more likely to … Continue reading

The one thing that predicts sexual satisfaction in a long-term relationship

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By Angelica Shiels Psy.D. (Post also appeared on Psych Central) Think a satisfying sex life in a long-term relationship is kind of an anomaly? Sure, people pretend it exists because it makes for good romantic comedies and keeps us married folks … Continue reading

12 habits that could ruin your relationship.

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1) Being condescending, sarcastic, or contemptuous toward your partner: 2) Failing to intentionally appreciate his/her unique talents and contributions: 3) Criticizing or emasculating your man (Gottman): 4) Stonewalling, avoiding, or ignoring your woman (Gottman): 5) Mentioning that she must be … Continue reading

Ten Things You Need to Know About Women, Sex, and Monogamy

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So I’ve been reading a lot about “women and sex” over the last couple weeks days.   (I’m talking to a bunch of women about the subject tomorrow night at an event for my new(ish) venture, Your Relationship Doc…) PRETTY MUCH, MY … Continue reading

11 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Got Married

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By Angelica Shiels Psy.D. 1)  You absolutely, 100%, get back whatever you put into it. 2)  Sometimes what you have to put into it is making a conscious effort to accept and appreciate the other person exactly how they are. … Continue reading