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Sex & Intimacy

3 KEYS TO GETTING WHAT YOU WANT IN BED

There’s no shame in the bedroom. Contrary to popular belief, there is nothing wrong with what you’re doing ⏤ or want to do ⏤ in the bedroom. As long as both you and your partner are committed to the relationship and open to experimentation. Dr. Dabney, a relationship psychiatrist, shares the three keys to getting what you want in bed and expert guidance on suggesting new ideas to your partner.

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Sex & Intimacy

FIVE PORN MYTHS YOU’LL BE GLAD AREN’T TRUE

(Pssst: The Doctor Says It Can Actually Be Good for You) – Relationship psychiatrist, Dr. Laura Dabney explains the truths. It’s easy to criticize things we don’t understand. Historically, however, anti-porn arguments have primarily been moral, in nature, and have little basis in medical science. In this month’s article, Dr. Dabney busts five common myths about porn ⏤ and you may be happy to learn for yourself why they’re just not true.

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Relationships & Dating

A DATING AFTER DIVORCE SUCCESS STORY

After Two Divorces, Elliot Discovers “Why He’s the One Who’s Hard to be With Coaching helped” Elliot discover why he’d become difficult to be with ⏤ and how to reshape his future relationships – written by relationship therapist, Dr. Laura Dabney.

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DATING AFTER DIVORCE

5 Signs You're Probably Not Ready. 50% percent of first marriages, 67% of second and 73% of third marriages end in divorce. We don't get better at picking our partners– we actually get worse. Unless we invest the time to learn from the past – written by relationship psychiatrist, Dr. Laura Dabney.

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Relationships & Dating

DR. DABNEY’S GUIDE TO PRECISION DATING (FOR MEN)

Every troubled relationship shows its warning signals from the very beginning. Learn how to spot the warnings early and how to commit yourself only to the relationships that demonstrate real intimacy.

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EFFECTIVE DISCIPLINE TECHNIQUES

Dr. Dabney addresses the most common parenting mistake she sees: parents who fail to change their disciplinary tactics as their children get older.

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TIPS TO ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS THIS YEAR

Three strategies for busting holiday stress and guilt. No, the holidays don’t have to be miserable. Dr. Dabney explains three concrete strategies for breaking our annual cycle of guilt, stress, and resentment.

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HANNAH AND JOE’S STORY IN MARRIAGE THERAPY

Joe and Hannah knew their marriage was in serious trouble. It was either go to counseling or separate, so they asked Dr. Dabney, a clinical relationship psychiatrist, to help them fix whatever they could. The results were staggering.

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4 SIGNS THAT YOU’RE GIVING TOO MUCH

When we’re generous to the extreme, we’re probably doing more harm than good.

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HELPING VS ENABLING

The difference between “being there” and helping until it hurts. Recently, I had a patient say to me, “Of course I’m going to help him. I’m his mother!” I understood her sentiment, but I also knew that this woman was practically unraveling her own life for the sake of a grown son who hardly seemed to notice her sacrifices. She'd lost sight of the difference between helping and enabling.

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How to Get to the Other Side of the Grief
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LETTING GO OF ADULT CHILDREN

Some parents find it too painful to let their adult children go, even when it’s time. Dr. Dabney explains what it means to get to “the other side of the grief” so all parents can enjoy the tremendous rewards of an adult-to-adult relationship with one’s kids.

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HOW TO RECOGNIZE A GOOD BOUNDARY WHEN YOU SEE IT

Part 2 of 3 in Dr. Dabney’s “Nice Guys Have Great Boundaries” series. As I wrote last month, I’ve had a number of male patients in my office lately who suffer personally at the expense of being a “Nice Guy.” Last month we tackled the question of how to set boundaries with family and friends during the holidays. This month, we take a closer look at the boundaries themselves.

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Relationships & Dating

IS YOUR ADVICE HELPFUL OR HURTFUL?

Find out by asking yourself four questions. This month I’m giving advice on giving advice. Specifically, does the advice you offer hurt your relationships more than it helps? I’ll give you four questions to ask yourself to find out.

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J’S STORY: A Lesson in Surrendering Control

A self-professed “type-A” personality learns to surrender his need for control.

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SEX VS. INTIMACY QUIZ

This month we’re talking about sex and giving you the chance to test your knowledge by taking, relationship counselor, Dr. Dabney’s “Sex vs. Intimacy Quiz.” How much do you know about these two powerful forces? And which one is in the driver’s seat when it comes to your relationships?

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Relationships & Dating

DO YOU CHOOSE YOUR FAMILY OR YOUR RELATIONSHIP?

If you want to save your marriage, your marriage must always come first⏤even if that means setting new boundaries with a family you love deeply – written by relationship psychiatrist, Dr. Laura Dabney.

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STRAIGHTFORWARD RELATIONSHIP ADVICE FOR MEN

Learn how the art of constructive aggression can improve your relationships by settling your emotions and quelling the blow-ups before they start.

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Case Study

TED’S STORY: Relationship Counseling Success

One man’s determination to end his infidelity becomes an investment with incalculable results, written by relationship psychiatrist- Dr. Laura Dabney

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THE PROBLEM WITH MEDICATING OUR PROBLEMS

Why simply throwing pills at our emotional trouble isn’t just ineffective, it’s also dangerous, written by Virginia psychiatrist- Dr. Laura Dabney

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THE SUCCESS TRAP: WHEN HELP FEELS LIKE FAILURE

For highly successful people, needing help can feel like a failure.

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PARENTING MISTAKES IN BLENDED FAMILIES

Blending families can be a long and frustrating process, filled with trial and error. In this second article of her “Parenting Through Change” series, Dr. Dabney highlights the three biggest mistakes parents make when blending their new families, and what it takes to avoid them.

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Relationships & Dating

THE TOP 4 “GET OUT NOW” RED FLAGS WHEN DATING

Learn to get out before it’s too late. I’ve seen hundreds of men get divorced or suffer through long and painful relationships because of a single, core issue: They failed to act on a Red Flag before it was too late. Learn to spot the most common relationship red flags and know why it’s so crucial to move on when you see them.

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THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT HOLIDAY HAVE-TO’S

Do what you want this holiday season, not what you have to do. Beat the “Holiday Have-To’s” once and for all. Dr. Dabney explains the only three things you need to know about holiday commitments ⏤ and how to do more of what you like and less of what you dread.

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THREE SIGNS YOU’RE LETTING YOUR BOUNDARIES SLIDE

Three signs to watch for as you work to set healthy boundaries in your relationships, by relationship psychiatrist – Dr. Laura Dabney

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Emotional Strength

WAYS TO SET YOUR BOUNDARIES OVER THE HOLIDAYS

Lately, I’ve had a number of male patients in my office who let the people in their life walk all over them. And they all do it in the name of keeping their reputation as a “Nice Guy.”

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TRICIA’S STORY: Finding Help For A Better Life

A woman’s thirty-year search for help concludes with Dr. Dabney.

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