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Your Love Life & Breaking Patterns of Dysfunction

In our relationships, it’s the repeated things that keep us together or drive us apart. The health of our love life depends on our success in breaking patterns of dysfunction.

Breaking Patterns of Dysfunction in our love lives
Source: Netflix

Have you ever found yourself asking, “Why does this always happen to me?”. You may be stuck in a cycle, and if so, this one is for you.

Finding someone to call your life partner can be a journey and a half. I know for me it took many years of happiness and heartbreak, ups and downs, and a lot of learning about myself and others. My most recent post before this one about the music that has shaped my life took me on a trip down memory lane on a few of those. After you’ve gone through all that effort, you’d think that you’d finally be able to get your Disney ending, live happily ever after, sail off into the sunset. Fortunately, there can be a lot of happiness, but unfortunately, there’s a lot more work to be done from there.

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How The Root of Bitterness Destroys Relationships

Whatever type of connection it may be, this one could certainly end it – this is how the root of bitterness destroys relationships.

How the root of bitterness destroys relationships

Source: Love – Alexander Milov

We live in uncertain times. Life continues to change. Interactions continue to be different. Expectations and reality stay at odds from each other. We’ve got to be physically distant whilst trying to maintain social connection. It’s one of those times where everything in your life is under a microscope from the pressure of the current day – your goals, your dreams, your contentment, your peace, your aspirations, and yes, your relationships.

When things go wrong in life, it can really put pressure on what’s already not so great in life.

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10 Signs You’ve Found Marriage Material

We hear all the time about the red flags and the reasons to break a relationship off – instead, here are 10 signs you’ve found marriage material.

10 Signs You've Found Marriage Material

Source: NBC Universal

The search for a life partner can be an all consuming venture. Trying to find someone you want to marry is one thing, then you have to also find someone who wants to marry you. Relationships press every button on every issue in our lives – upbringing, identity, sense of worth, how we feel about our own hopes and dreams. You can feel like you’ll never find anyone, you can feel like you only find bad ones, you can feel like nobody is ever good enough for you, and you can even feel that terrifying feeling that you’ve missed your soulmate.

And there’s no shortage on material on red flags out there. It almost feels like there is no person who could ever be truly good enough to pass the impossible standards of the common criteria. I’ve read multiple red flag articles and left feeling that they can almost disqualify everyone we know.

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Mental Illness Isn’t An Excuse for Cruelty or Destruction

A recent tragedy of domestic violence has highlighted the dark reality of many relationships, resounding to us that mental illness isn’t an excuse to be cruel or destructive.

Mental Illness Isn't An Excuse To Be Cruel Or Destructive
Source: Daily Mail

What recent marital tragedy am I referring to? That would depend on where you live and when you are reading this. Unfortunately in every country at any point of the year, there are so many tragedies in relationships and marriages. Domestic violence, emotional or psychological abuse, and intentional cruelty ran rampant across our world today.

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7 Things That Push The Good Men Away

In the search for a partner, could you be pushing away the man of your dreams? Here are 7 things which push the good men away.

7 Things That Push The Good Men Away
Source: Warner Bros.

There are a few re-occurring seasons of life that put extra pressure and awareness on the state of your love life. Valentine’s Day is the obvious one, where every corner of marketing is covered in love (or anti-love, which still puts just as much pressure on). Christmas and birthdays are another time where the togetherness of others reminds you of whether or not you have a bae to call your own. New Year’s Eve, milestone events and achievements, season changes – all these things can be stabs in the heart with regards to a stunted love life. If you’re reading this one, it’s likely one of those seasons is pushing your buttons, or you know someone who’s experiencing this frustration.

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The Constant Struggle of Expectations vs. Reality – 2019 In Review

Through the ups and downs of the year, one thing is clear – 2019 has been a classic example of the constant struggle of expectations vs. reality.

Expectations vs. Reality
Me at Mars Hill, Athens this year – where reality was much better than expectations!

The end of the year is one of the most reflective times in our calendar. Please join me in looking back on my year with a lot of “oh yeah that happened” and “oh wow that happened?”, and hopefully in finding something useful reflecting on your own.

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What Porn Teaches Us About Men

A lot of gents seem to really like it, but we don’t always think about the reasons why. Here’s what porn teaches us about men.

What Porn Teaches Us About Men
Source: Stock

Mature written content warning.

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Is Tall Poppy Syndrome Killing Your Relationships?

Call it narcissism, call it selfish, call it TPS – we see it in our society, but can we see it in our connections? Tall poppy syndrome is killing your relationships.

Off with their heads! Is tall poppy syndrome killing your relationships?
Source: Disney

We’ve recently been rewatching Seinfeld of all shows. One that came on today was where Jerry, doing quite well financially, decides to buy his father a new car. Unfortunately for Jerry’s dad, it attracts the ire of some very jealous and sour people who see it as a status symbol and they vote him out of an important position as a result. This is a pretty good picture of exactly this reality that I’ve had in mind for a few weeks recently – that tall poppy syndrome is killing relationships all over the worlds today.

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8 Ways All Marriages Are The Same

No two couples are alike, but we have more in common than you might think. Here are 8 ways all marriages are the same.

8 Ways All Marriages Are The Same
Source: Pexels

Marriage is the joining of two individuals together. If you’ve ever met two individuals and known them for any length of time, you would know that despite how similar even the most similar people are, they’re still worlds apart in a lot of ways. As such, you look at any couple, and you’ll see areas where they are vastly different from other couples – how they spend their time, what they do with their money, who earns more than who, who does what for the kids and the home, differing family circumstances, career pressures, physical location preferences, culture in the home, views on faith, and conflict resolution techniques… just to name a few.

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Celibacy Syndrome, Rejection, and Preferring Sex With A Screen

Japan is experiencing a phenomenon known as celibacy syndrome, but it isn’t the only country where people are preferring sex with a screen over real relationships.

Are you preferring sex with a screen?
Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels

Mature written content warning, reader discretion advised.

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Is It Ever Okay to Cheat on Someone?

As time goes on, relationships get harder, and your heart becomes more unsure, is it ever okay to cheat on someone?

Is it ever okay to cheat on someone?
Source: Pixels

If you’ve clicked on this, you’ve done so for one of three main reasons:

  1. You’re a friend of my wife or I and are concerned Matt is about to do something stupid
  2. You’re in a long term relationship and you’ve started contemplating other options
  3. You’ve been affected by the fallout of someone cheating on someone else

Rest assured, number 1 is absolutely not the case. I even gave my wife a heads up that I was going to write this one so there wasn’t any alarm.

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