Considering Marriage Counseling – Here Are Some Important Questions to Ask


If you and your partner are going through a rough patch in your relationship, you may be considering marriage counseling. In many cases the intervention of a qualified marriage counselor can save the day, and many unhappy marriages have been turned around with the help of a qualified independent professional. Even so, not every marriage counselor will be up to the task, and it is important to...

How to Introduce Your Parents to Your Friends


Introducing your parents to your friends for the first time can be an awkward and nerve-wracking experience. Introducing any new people for the first time can feel awkward enough but in this situation it will likely be important to you that everyone gets on. Friends and parents can feel worlds apart too, so it can be difficult to predict how the two groups will get on with each other. However, it...

4 Signs You’re a Bad Date


Being a good date is a good way to lead to more dates and a relationship. If you’re a bad date, whether it’s the first date or the fifth, you could be killing your chances for a healthy relationship. This article outlines four signs that you are a bad date. 1. You constantly expect big gestures You can’t expect a bouquet of roses and expensive dinner for every date you go on...

4 Dating Warning Signs That You Can’t Ignore


Whether you’ve just started to date a new man or you’ve been seeing your boyfriend for eighteen months, there are some things that you just shouldn’t ignore. Here are 4 of those things: 1. He is self-absorbed You talk on the phone, email and meet for dinner but he never asks about your day. He doesn’t ask about work, your family or your new salsa lessons. He does talk about himself a lot though...

Rebuilding Trust After Infidelity


Infidelity can be one of the most devastating things to even happen within a marriage or other kind of committed relationship, and it can lead to the dissolution of a partnership quicker than most other experiences. Some things have to be set in order before partners can even begin trying to rebuild trust after such an experience. The infidelity must stop, for one thing, and the circumstances...

When Is the Right Time to Move in Together?


There are many reasons why people jump into a living situation with a partner prematurely. They may be worried that if they don’t do so they may lose the relationship. They may be feeling pressured. They may even be inspired by pride and the desire to prove themselves to those who said doubted the relationship. None of these justifications will work in the long run, though. The only healthy...

Three Key Ways to Move Your Relationship Forward


As you look ahead and plan out your life, it may be necessary to establish what form your current relationship might take. Although there are many differences in opinion concerning how to move forward in a relationship, several key principles remain. This article outlines a number of key steps you can take to move your relationship onto the next stage. Discuss the Future Many couples stick to...

How to Be More Popular


Everyone likes to be liked. And yet, though most will visit the gym to improve their physical appeal, fewer will work to improve their personality. This is a shame, since by following a few simple rules, anyone can make themselves more popular. Cheer people up Most people find life difficult. They know the world is full of sadness and pain. They know about climate change, rising sea levels, and...

How to Make Your Next Relationship a Success


Most people have been there: shattered by yet another failed relationship and desperate to make the next one work. Unfortunately, no simple solution exists. Relationships fail for a variety of reasons. Some fail because of jealousy, others because of selfishness, infidelity, or simply boredom. Nothing guarantees success in your next relationship, but the following might at least improve your...

How to Save Your Relationship


Some relationships are toxic or abusive and should be ended as soon as possible; others simply run their course. But many could be saved if only those involved were prepared to try a little harder. Be sure you want to save the relationship Begin by asking yourself some tough questions. Do you want to save this relationship? Be honest. If the answer is yes, ask yourself why. Are your motives...

Mark Goddard, Ph.D.

Mark Goddard, Ph.D.

Mark Goddard, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and a consultant specializing in the social-personality psychology. His publications include magazine chapters, articles and self-improvement books on CBT for anxiety, stress and depression. In his spare time, he enjoys reading about political and social history.

*The views expressed by Mr. Goddard in this column are his own, are not made in any official capacity, and do not represent the opinions of his employers.