"I don't really hang out with people anymore." Most people I meet who are in distressed relationships say they have few friends outside their marriage or partnership. Especially the men. They say things like . . . I've lost touch with old acquaintances. I'm too busy to hang out with people in my current sphere. … Continue reading How Friendships Improve your Love Life
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In the mirror at Pilates class, I discreetly scan the line of women in workout attire. I perceive I have the widest hips in the room. I feel a downward tug of tension for the rest of the day. Low back. QL muscle. To shake it off, I seek another comparison in which I emerge … Continue reading The Beauty Bind, Chapter One
My husband calms me. Joe and I entertain ourselves with art and home improvement projects. We brainstorm tile mosaics on long car rides. We consult about family therapy (he too is a psychologist). We talk about good books and he gives me ideas for topics and language. We laugh really hard at things we both … Continue reading How Relationships Heal Us: Connection, Health, & Energy