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The pros and cons of a starter marriage

Starter marriages are legal unions that only last a few years and produce no children. The term “starter” can seem insensitive, especially considering that young divorcees still suffer emotional and social consequences when their marriages end. The first year of marriage tends to challenge most couples–but so does the 4th…

Retroactive jealousy in relationships: What to do when your partner obsesses over your past

We all get jealous sometimes—but worrying obsessively over your significant other’s sexual and romantic history is known as retroactive jealousy, an unhealthy relationship habit. Retroactive jealousy can be triggered if you have an anxious attachment style, bad experiences with past partners, or even childhood trauma.  Common signs of retroactive jealousy…

Do meat, sex, and money count as irreconcilable differences? Workarounds for 3 heated lifestyle clashes in couples

Relationship conflict comes from an infinite variety of sources, but lifestyle differences can be especially hard to manage.  There are practical ways to deal with compatibility issues between vegetarians/vegans and carnivores, significant others with low sex drives and high sex drives, and couples from different socioeconomic backgrounds.  Communication, compromise, and…

What is micro-cheating? How to recognize the signs, plus tips on how to save your relationship after infidelity

Small actions or behaviors that skirt the boundaries of our relationship and test the limits of our partner’s trust are known as micro-cheating.  When we know something will hurt our partner (i.e flirting with coworkers) and we do it anyway, that behavior is ultimately unhealthy for our relationship’s long-term health. …

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