Nov 7, 2022 in Counseling
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How do I fix a marriage after cheating??
My husband of 5 years has cheated on me. I'm heartbroken. Can I fix our marriage?? Is there hope for us?? Will things get better? Please help
Am I over reacting? Am I the one in the wrong no him
Ok I've been with my boyfriend for 3 years now and he denied cheating on me but everything points to the opposite he's gone to spend the night with his baby moma and her kids in a hotel he rated me put to her when I called the cops on her for her vandalizing my car he would defend her when I would bring thing up about her and he has a video of her playing with her self am I wrong for being mad?
We both have insecurities and trust issues due to past relationships... So, there's the back and forth accusations, yelling, name calling, etc. We are both extremely jealous and have no communication skills. We love each other but sometimes Love isn't enough to make someone understand that you aren't going to hurt them. How can we help each other overcome these issues?
Idk what to do
My boyfriend and I have been fighting because he found some old messages that I had when we started going out, the messages are not bad the conversations where just like hi and bye kind of thing but because I told him I wasn't talking to anyone he's mad but da whole time he was still hanging out with his baby momma behind my back and he would delete all his messages to her so I wouldn't see them
Lost and confused at a crossroads
My boyfriend and I have been together for seven years now. We have had a very tumultuous relationship both of us have hurt each other very much on each parts. But he’s done a lot more wrong it has no accountability. But my question is how do you handle it because anytime I try to talk to him about anything he automatically yells at me, deflects, accuse me of cheating. How do you go about handling
How can I get my teen to confide in me
I've been trying to get my son to confide in me about why he is feeling so depressed. He is 15 years old and a very good teen but have no idea why he is so withdrawn and quiet. Please help me I cant bear to see him like this
What do I do?
I'm not sure what to do. Recently separated mom with 2 young girls and pregnant with my 3rd.
I took my son's Ipad away because I'm at my wit's end with him.
He is so addicted and doesn’t want to do anything else. Can anyone tell me whether I did the right thing or am I being too harsh?
It's 3 y I divorced and we have shared custody of 2 lovely kids. Any advice on how to make them understand that divorced parents is ok?
What should I do?
My son is acting out in school and giving people the middle finger and running around and hitting when he is restrained and he also has speech apraxia and may have ADHD
When the concepts of disloyalty and cheating are such frequent tropes in today’s media as fuel for drama and conflict, considering an open relationship may seem out of the question. However, many couples find open relationships to be fulfilling or even strengthening!
Generally, on the other hand, open relationships are not necessarily more sexually satisfying. In one European survey, 71% of people in open or polyamorous relationships reported sexual satisfaction, compared to roughly 80% amongst other married couples.
Defining an Open Relationship
What is an open relationship or an open marriage? Putting open relationships in a box can be tricky, because open relationship rules may vary broadly. In general terms, an open relationship is when a couple chooses together to pursue relationships with more than one individual at a time.
Still, an open relationship meaning can be different for everyone! Which is why it is difficult to define what an open relationship is. Some couples may set boundaries on what is discussed about relationships outside their marriage.
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For example, one couple in an open relationship may set open relationship rules so that they are consulted prior to each romantic or sexual encounter outside of the relationship. Another couple in an open relationship may give their consent to pursue these relationships without express permission.
The most critical parts of an open relationship are communication and consent. If your partner knows about your relationships or sexual experiences with other people and approves of your freedom to pursue those relationships, that is what we would call an open relationship (also sometimes called a poly relationship).
Pros and Cons of Open Relationships
Open relationships can be beautiful. Because every relationship between two people is different, pursuing romance or sexual experiences with more than one partner can be an incredibly enriching experience. You may find that one partner satisfies you emotionally in a way that another partner cannot, leaving you more fulfilled if you are allowed the opportunity to pursue more than one relationship at a time.
On the other hand, open relationships do introduce complexity that can lead to jealousy, insecurity, imbalanced attention, and the potential for devastating miscommunication. It also increases the risk of STDs and HIV.
Do Open Relationships Work and Should You Go for it?
Maybe you’re not sure if pursuing an open relationship is right for you and your partner. If this is the case and you are curious if you can make it work, we recommend speaking to an Online Counselor, Therapist, or Relationship Coach about your options.
You might choose to attend online counseling sessions alone or together with your partner. Either way, one of these relationship Experts can help you both to determine whether or not an open relationship may be right for you. They can also act as a professional, neutral third party to help you resolve any issues you have with one another (related to the possibility of an open relationship or not). You can also read articles authored by these professionals and follow this topic to stay updated on the latest.
There is also a discussion on this topic in our "Discuss with Experts". See what others are saying and how the professionals are responding to this matter.