vulnerability

6 Ways We Sabotage Our Relationships With “Caretaking” Behavior

When we adopt the “caretaker” role, we minimize our partner’s contributions and exaggerate our own, which creates an unbalanced dynamic that prevents intimacy from developing.

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How Reading In Bed Together Can Be Hotter Than Having Sex

Reading in bed together, while it might not be a major milestone — like marriage or having children — truly is a significant event in a relationship.

Reading in bed together, while it might not be a major milestone — like marriage or having children — truly is a significant event in a relationship.

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Why Can't I Be Vulnerable As An Adult?

If I wanted to start being vulnerable with the people I love again, I needed to figure out when my avoidance began and why.

Why can't I be vulnerable as an adult? Despite my fears of vulnerability, some part of me knew it was the key to having fulfilling intimate relationships.

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The Science Of Vulnerability: Why Crying In Front Of Your Partner Strengthens Your Bond

Only very brave people have the courage to be vulnerable.

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I'll Show You Mine If You'll Show Me Yours: Vulnerability

"Connection is healing the world. Because happy, connected people have no reason to act out and be nasty to others."

When we have an open heart, we experience true joy, love, and intimate connection. So being afraid of vulnerability is really being afraid of intimacy. But we need both to thrive.

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Running Away From Home At 15 Helped Me Find A Home Within Myself

I thought healing would mean lying. I thought allowing myself to be helped would be falsifying documents that stated I was all right or had a happy life when I did not. I thought all I had going for me was my refusal to lie about my life, and I didn't want to give that up.

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Take The Cake: 'I Love Dick'

Last week I was sitting anywhere between nineteen and thirty-seven feet from Kevin Bacon.

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It's OK To Be A Liability: Mental Illness And The Fear Of Being "Too Much"

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Six Ways I've Made It Hard For My Partner To Love Me

After a recent relationship ended, I had to think long and hard about what went wrong, and why.

I decided to stop blaming everything and everyone except myself, and identify the habits in myself which had caused nothing but trouble in my relationships, and which I wanted to change.

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Tough Guys vs. Real Men: On-Screen And At-Home

Dirty Harry may be a highly entertaining character, but he is not a role model I would want my son to emulate. Image: Warner Brothers.

Dirty Harry may be a highly entertaining character, but he is not a role model I would want my son to emulate. Young boys and men exposed to these sorts of stereotypes must be somewhat shaken to discover how little their inner life resembles this representation of heroism. In order to mimic the external impassiveness of these so-called heroes, how much of their true selves must they deny?

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