Tag Archives: making things better

Transform your life: Our New Breaking Free Workshop

Do you frequently feel anxious or depressed? Do you struggle with anger and resentment? Does your life feel unreasonably hard or unmanageable? At The Marriage Place, we have discovered that traditional talk therapy alone doesn’t always help couples improve their relationship. Sometimes, you have to go deeper and look at how childhood experiences have shaped […]

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How Shame Ruins Your Life, and How To Change It

I hate shame, and I hate cancer. Want to know the correlation? I hate cancer because it kills by ravaging the body and leaves families without dads, mothers and siblings. It is difficult to treat, and it sometimes goes undetected until it is too late. Shame is emotional cancer, and I hate it just as much, […]

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Friendship in Marriage: The Recipe for Reconnection

A post from Dan Umphress In my work as a Marriage Coach, I talk every week with people who have heard from their spouse some variation of “I love you, but I’m not in love with you anymore. I want a divorce.”   I am not writing to address the pain and shock of hearing […]

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Can You Handle The Truth? Taking Criticism Well

Do you know how to hear feedback with grace? There was a time when I couldn’t hear criticism. I was easily offended and very defensive. When someone tried to tell me I was wrong or had hurt them in some way, I would immediately justify my actions, minimize them or dispute the facts. It wasn’t that I didn’t […]

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The Blame Game: Why We Need to Stop Playing

Playing the blame game is poisonous Blame is poisonous for personal growth because it allows you to keep the focus on someone else. Even worse, it forces you in a victim position because you can’t control the person you are blaming. That means you have no control over the painful situation and keeps you stuck. […]

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Emotional Intimacy: A Guy’s Perspective

How a husband can step up his game and better understand and respond to his wife The Logic Trap Logic often does not mix well with emotions.   Gentlemen, I’m sure this is not news to you if you have been married any length of time.  If you are like most men I see, you […]

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