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Most people hope and dream for a happy marriage/relationship, but these dreams are difficult to achieve.  Today, the divorce rate is more than fifty percent, and many couples are choosing to end their relationships rather than work through their problems.

Marital, relationship, and sexual problems can cause a great deal of emotional distress in a person's life.  Sometimes ending the relationship does turn out to be the best answer, but, often, therapy can help couples to learn new ways of interaction so that they can become more happy.  The goals of marital therapy are to teach the individuals to be responsible for their actions, and to teach the couple to work together to improve their communication and emotional fulfillment.  You can search for a relationship therapist in our Therapist Directory.

There are also a great number of self-help books about relationships.  These books help couples understand effective techniques to improve their relationship, but it important that beyond understanding, the couples must put these techniques into practice.

Being in a good relationship can be very rewarding not only psychologically, but also physically.  According to a study conducted by John Gottman, a professor of psychology at the University of Washington, your immune system can be affected by the emotional climate of your marriage.  He found that "positive emotions -- like affection, humor, and genuine interest in your spouse -- enhance your health."

Marriage, Relationship and Sexuality Links

Planet Psych Links:

Making Your Marriage Work, by Dr. Edward Dreyfus

Relationships: The Role of Hidden Messages, by Richard Grossman, Ph.D.

Someone Right for You, by Dr. Edward Dreyfus

In-Person vs. Cyberspace Relationships, by Dr. John Suler

Marital Battles Affect Women More Than Men

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Divorce: What Went Wrong? by Dr. Edward Dreyfus

Internet Romance

Go read up on Relationships in the Bookstore

Sexual Disorders

World Wide Web Links:

Building a better marriage

State of Marriage Affects Sickness and Health

College Students Becoming More Conservative about Sex; ABC News




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