How to talk to people so they will listen. (Yes, even your teenager and your husband.)

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By Angelica Shiels Psy.D. Most mental health counselors receive some kind of training in how to communicate in a way that errrr… doesn’t sound off-putting, arrogant, one-sided, and ridiculous.  And lo and behold, it is not just the people who … 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

The opposite of anger is surrender

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A couple of months ago, I had one of those mommy out-of-body experiences where I was looking down on myself screaming at my five-year old son….And I couldn’t stop.  It was scary, so of course, I started over-thinking it.  I … Continue reading