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This is a topic that often brings people into my therapy sessions. You are in a new relationship, it is seemingly going well, it is getting serious, yet there is something that is holding you back from making that ultimate commitment. Here are the four red flags that this relationship may not last ...
1. Love and sex are not enough to sustain a long term relationship. This is a mistake so many couples make. There are many ingredients that go into a healthy relationship - and love and sex are only two of them. It's crucial to evaluate other aspects of the relationship that are equally important such as friendship, values, religion and communication skills. Plus: Common Sex Problems Solved
2. Something feels wrong. It's important to listen to both your head and your heart when making a commitment. If something feels wrong, it probably is. It's important to evaluate what is not working well for you. Could this be your own psychological baggage, or is there really a problem in this
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Working as a sex therapist is a fascinating career. It is intense work, talking about the intimate aspects of people's lives every day. People ask me if I get depressed, hearing about people's problems. I can understand why people would ask that question, but the truth is, it is much more depressing for me to be around people who need help and aren't getting it, than to be with people who are reaching out and getting the assistance they need. I also find that I learn a tremendous amount about life, working so intimately with others. These are just a few lessons I have learned from my clients over the years:Read More »from What I Learned as a Sex Therapist
1. Sexual problems are not one person's issue. Often people come to sex therapy believing that they, or their partner, have a sexual problem that needs to be fixed. It takes two to tango ... Sexual concerns are an amalgam of two people's sexual connection - their unique struggles, challenges and concerns. For example, a woman's low libido may be the result of her own disconnection
Two days after I gave birth at a hospital in Manhattan, my husband and I joyfully embarked upon our taxi ride home with our new baby boy. As I tended to my baby in the back of the cab, everything was wonderful, until I overheard the driver joke to my husband sitting in the front seat, "When she's due? She looks like she still has a bun in the oven." NOT FUNNY! My husband didn't miss a beat admonishing the driver. But, having been through nine months of pregnancy, I had already heard it all. I don't know of any pregnant mom who doesn't have a story that begins with, "You won't believe what someone said to me!" Often, I couldn't.
1. "You look like you're getting fat."Read More »from Top 5 Rude Comments Pregnant Women Hear
My friend, who avidly reads my blog for expecting couples and new parents (www.expectingwords.com), announced her pregnancy at work about four months in. She called to tell me her boss's response: "Oh so that explains your belly bulge. I didn't think you were the kind of woman who would let herself go like
As recruiters scour through an abundance of resumes of qualified job seekers for 2011, all a candidate needs is to make the smallest of snafus and bam! Rejected.
Here are some pointers to stay off the red flag list with your prospective employers.
1. Not following protocol.
Some candidates try to expedite the process and circumvent the hiring manager but that will only become a blatant red flag in terms of being a loose cannon. Don't be that person. Follow protocol.
2. Typos on a resume.
This one is a no-brainer but you'd be surprised by how many people submit resumes and cover letters with typographical and grammatical errors. One word: PROOFREAD.
3. Being rude to the receptionist.Read More »from 6 Job Seeking Snafus to Avoid in 2011
During an interview your entire behavior is analyzed, including how you treat people from the moment you step in the door (and before that, actually in terms of phone etiquette and e-mail correspondence). If you're not nice to someone, trust me, it'll get back to the
Want to give your style a face lift in 2011? Then follow these simple tips for a look that will be forever fashionable and always turn heads.
Do what your mother told you to do on cold winter days: put on a scarf before you go out. Wearing a scarf exudes confidence and demonstrates an elemental flare of chic while adding a fashion layer to an outfit. When layers are done properly they are a great touch on any woman, regardless of her size or shape. It says that she knows how to accessorize and will absolutely turn an average outfit into a true winner. A great scarf also says you're hip.
I'm one of those women who loves to wear black. At Barneys New York - the place I've worked styling people for more than 14 years - black seems to be the standard uniform of choice for me and my colleagues. Black certainly makes any woman look thinner, but so much monochrome can sometimes look boring and dull. On those days when I wear black, which is nearly every day, I head straight to my closetRead More »from The Fashion Staple in 2011: The Scarf
Here are some of my secrets.
Makeup only looks as good as the skin underneath. Try an anti-aging serum that contains anti-oxidants, such as Exuviance Vespera Bionic Serum, $60.00, www.neostrata.com. Blended with alpha hydroxy and polyhydroxy acids, vitamins A, C and E, and powerful antioxidants, this concentrated serum delivers real results. Users experienced a 212 percent improvement in skin clarity after 6 weeks! Exuviance smooth lines, wrinkles and skin that is protected environmental damages …
Conceal any skin discoloration on face or body with medical makeup or high pigmented products.
CoverBlendRead More »from A Makeup Artist's Secrets for Better Skin in 2011
CoverBlend medical makeup provides superior, natural-looking coverage to camouflage and correct everything from minor flaws to major skin discolorations. Blended with antioxidant-rich polyhydroxy acid gluconolactone to improve skin tone and conceal the appearance of wrinkles. It works on dark eye circles, blemishes, age spots, varicose veins, bruises,
"Make a New Year's resolution? Why bother - most people don't keep them anyway." Yes, I can read your mind. You are correct that resolutions typically go unheeded. BUT that doesn't mean yours has to. With a little effort, a year from now you might ring in 2012 hoping that it brings you as much pleasure as 2011!
Did I get your attention? Let's make 2011 a year to remember!
Whether you are coupled or single, here are a few resolutions to get your "Year of Pleasure" started.
First of all, do some redecorating. Look around your bedroom - does this room make you feel sensual and sexy? If not, it's time to spruce things up. Our surroundings can have a significant impact on how we feel. Think about it - we spend time in nature or go to a house of worship to feel connected to something greater than ourselves. In contrast, when we want to let loose and have fun, we go to a bar. In this way, we use the energy around us to help create a different mindset. So make use of yourRead More »from 4 New Year's Resolutions for a Better Love Life
It's that time of year again. Christmas and Hanukah music are playing on the radio and at the malls. Everyone is getting ready for the big event and cheerful greetings abound. This is the toughest season of the year for those who are grieving a loss of a loved one. Cheerfulness doesn't resonate with grief, sadness and the pain of loss. It only further serves to isolate and differentiate those whose lives have been turned upside down by loss.
Talking to Children About Loss and Sadness
So how does one cope with the holidays when grieving? How do you celebrate and not let your grief steal all the joy from your family? Holidays tend to exacerbate our feelings of loss as memories and "triggers" surround us. The fact that holidays occur in the midst of grief means that the celebration for years to come may be bittersweet. Given that things will never be the same, the grieving family will require some changes in tradition. Grief is an adjustment process that takes time. Traditions willRead More »from How to Cope With the Holidays When Grieving
Before you head off to the airport, don't forget these important things ...
1. Bring on the plane a small carry-on bag with your essentials (toothbrush and bathing suit) just in case you arrive before your luggage does.
2. Take out trip insurance for the holidays. You never know if there will be a family emergency, flight cancellations or unfortunate business matters that prevent you from going away.
3. Keep a copy of your passport separate from the passport itself and leave a copy home with someone you trust. If you misplace your passport, you have all of your information readily available.
4. If you're traveling internationally, make sure you have extra pages in your passport. Immigration rules are being strictly enforced and you need those empty pages for exit and/or entry stamps.
5. Wear socks. When you take off your shoes to go through security, it gets mighty cold and dirty walking barefoot.
6. Bring your own food and blanket on the plane. This willRead More »from 6 Last-Minute Travel Tips
Got Benjamins? As the holidays approach it's no surprise you may want to earn some extra cash such as working a part-time retail job or participating in research market studies. Although earning additional money isn't necessarily a bad thing, there are some pointers to keep in mind as you remain focused (or at least give the allusion that you're focused) on your day job.
1. Watch your hours.
If you accept a part-time job at the Gap, and need to work Saturdays as well as evenings right after work, it may become unmanageable. Focus on your energy - if you're folding clothes versus ringing up sales, which one will get you more tired for the next day at work?
2. Be discreet.
Sure, you may be doing it for the money or store discounts (or both!) but when it comes to burning the midnight oil, try to keep mum about it at work. If your day job work begins to slide a little, you wouldn't want everyone to attribute it to the second job. Social Media for Newbies
3. Learn theRead More »from 6 Ways to Effectively Manage a Side Job