By Stephen J. Johnson, Ph.D. Most people would tend to agree that to have a productive, satisfying and sustaining relationship requires tremendous intention and commitment. Relationships command a lot of maintenance in order to get through the trying times and go the distance. It is estimated that the average length of new relationships is somewhere
by Bethany Heitman from Cosmopolitan Magazine, October 2011 This single sexy phrase makes him drop everything (pants included) and start drooling over you. But you need to work it carefully. Whispering almost any naughty line to a guy is the sexual equivalent of 3-D glasses – it heightens the entire experience for him. But after
Is the love lost or just misplaced? By Stephen J. Johnson, Ph.D. A lasting marriage does not necessarily mean it’s a happy marriage. We all know couples that have stayed together for the children or for a myriad of other reasons. But for many couples it’s not an option to just “do time” in a
By Stephen J. Johnson, Ph.D. In the movie The Prince of Tides there was a particular scene that sticks out in my memory. The adult son, played by Nick Nolte, is standing on a pier with his aging, alcoholic father, who is baiting a fishhook. “You know, I love you,” Hurt says to his father.
By Stephen J. Johnson, Ph.D. Even stellar relationships lose their spark over time. Here are the ingredients of a lasting, fruitful partnership, and techniques for weathering the stormy periods. Joy, passion, great sex: when a couple heads into marriage, this is what they have in mind. Of course they want their relationship to last—but without
The life of a good man is a continual warfare with his passions. -Samuel Richardson (1689-1761) British novelist I recall being in a theatre, watching the hit movie of 1987, Fatal Attraction, about a married attorney (played by Michael Douglas) who has a fling with a work colleague (Glenn Close), and when he later tries