Unhappy Marriage

Can Low Self-Esteem Ruin A Relationship?

By Mary Ellen Goggin / November 10, 2022
Self-esteem spelled out in scrabble tiles.

It’s a powerful thing, this self-esteem stuff. You really can’t succeed in life without a healthy dose of it. Likewise, you need a balanced dose of it to keep yourself in check and open to the work of self-improvement. But how does it play into relationships? Can you have too much or too little for…

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Can An Unhappy Marriage Cause Depression?

By Mary Ellen Goggin / November 2, 2022
Depressed woman huddled in a chair, contemplating her unhappy marriage.

Sometimes there’s a fine line between unhappiness and depression. And sometimes casual semantics can blur the distinction between the two. When a marriage is unhappy, depression may be lurking, either right in its midst or as a consequence. But we want to know if there’s a causal relationship. That is, Can an unhappy marriage cause…

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What To Do When One Partner Is Unhappy With The Marriage

By Mary Ellen Goggin / September 10, 2022
Eggs in a carton where one has a worried expression and the other's is upset.

Isn’t it bliss when both of you are on the same page of your romance novel, coursing arm-in-arm toward happily ever after? Everything is copacetic, and even the bumps along the way read more like Singing-in-the-Rain skips. “No biggie, we’ve got this.” But – big sigh – you know life and marriage are rarely so…

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Does Counseling Help Unhappy Marriages

By Mary Ellen Goggin / August 10, 2022
Married couple holding hands at a distance and facing opposite directions.

If you are asking the question, “Does counseling help unhappy marriages?” chances are your marriage has been unhappy for a while. Couples wait an average of six years before deciding to pursue marriage counseling. This is a LONG time to wait – to keep having the same disagreements, to become more and more disconnected…and to…

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How To Communicate With Your Stubborn Husband (Or Wife)

By Mary Ellen Goggin / August 1, 2022
One way signs going in perpendicular directions.

Mention “stubborn husband” to anyone familiar with black-and-white TV, and Archie Bunker will probably come to mind. Opinionated, hard-headed, grumpy, sarcastic – stubbornness may have actually been one of his less offensive traits! If you’re a woman wondering how to communicate with your stubborn husband, you might get some helpful tips from Edith. But you’ll…

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8 Things To Do If You’re Losing Your Sense Of Self In A Relationship

By Mary Ellen Goggin / May 11, 2022

You may not even notice that you’re losing your sense of self in a relationship, especially if you’re married. But living into a balance of “me” and “we” is essential for happiness when you’re living as a couple.

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Unhappy Marriage Vs. Divorce: How To Determine Which Is Best For Your Situation

By Mary Ellen Goggin / April 22, 2022

There’s no easy answer, especially when you’re plagued by misery and the conflicting mindset that accompanies it. Continuing to live in an unhappy marriage vs. divorce? Rushing to hire a divorce lawyer to stop the slow bleed? Where’s the upside in either choice? Knowing that you aren’t the first to struggle with this dilemma probably…

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6 Benefits Of Learning How To Be More Self-Aware In A Relationship

By Mary Ellen Goggin / March 31, 2022

It’s so much easier to focus on what the other person is doing (or not doing) in a relationship. Is s/he following the rules? Communicating to your liking? Reading your mind? Being a royal pain-in-the-you-know-what? Did it ever occur to you that learning how to be more self-aware in a relationship could be the key to getting the answers you want?

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