Couples & Family Psychology

Love Lingers Here: Intimate Enduring Relationships. X. Forming a Relationship

Love Lingers Here: Intimate Enduring Relationships. X. Forming a Relationship

In general, we find that couples move through four overall stages of development, the initial stage being defined as “forming,” and the subsequent three stages being defined as “storming,” “norming” and “performing” — to borrow terms used by Tuchman.

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Love Lingers Here: Intimate Enduring Relationships–IX. Stability and Remarriage

Love Lingers Here: Intimate Enduring Relationships–IX. Stability and Remarriage

Our couples described themselves as moving through periods of relative stability and considerable contentment, followed by periods of significant stress and disillusionment, often accompanied by profound changes in the structure or goals of the relationship.

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Love Lingers Here: Intimate Enduring Relationships–VIII. Compatibility and Covenant

Love Lingers Here: Intimate Enduring Relationships–VIII. Compatibility and Covenant

We are inclined to be attracted to someone who fills a psychological gap that we cannot ourselves fill. Yet, partners begin to learn from each other later in their relationship, and reclaim aspects of themselves that they have disowned or left dormant for many years.

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Love Lingers Here: Intimate Enduring Relationships–VI. The Complex Nature of Sexuality

Love Lingers Here: Intimate Enduring Relationships–VI. The Complex Nature of Sexuality

Through out interviews we reaffirmed the important fact that sexuality is a very complex phenomenon that extends far beyond the act of sexual intercourse.

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Love Lingers Here: Intimate Enduring Relationships–V. Exploring the Founding Story

Love Lingers Here: Intimate Enduring Relationships–V. Exploring the Founding Story

Founding stories seemed often to match the enduring nature of the partnership itself in terms of interpersonal flexibility and sensitivity, and a mutual appreciation of the special characteristics of each relationship.

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Love Lingers Here: Intimate Enduring Relationships–Essay IV: The New Self and Founding Story

Love Lingers Here: Intimate Enduring Relationships–Essay IV: The New Self and Founding Story

The first myth that we are likely to embrace when we are looking for and establishing an intimate relationship concerns the sense of a “new self”.

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Living in the Garden: What Went Wrong and What Next?

Living in the Garden: What Went Wrong and What Next?

The first couple‚Äôs first meeting was so beautiful and so romantic! With such a start, what can possibly go wrong? …

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My Hope for Having Children: A True Story of Love, Sacrifice, Faith, Courage and Hope

My Hope for Having Children: A True Story of Love, Sacrifice, Faith, Courage and Hope

Maria Calderon-Romero, Psy.D. My essay is on hope with a focus on the most incredible, yet breath-taking part of my …

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Love Lingers Here: Intimate Enduring Relationships — Essay II: The Couple as a Third Entity

Love Lingers Here: Intimate Enduring Relationships — Essay II: The Couple as a Third Entity

I base my analysis of enduring relationships on a fundamental assumption: a couple is a living, dynamic entity that is something more than just two people living together.

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