275. Jealous of Your Partner’s Past Relationships? What Retroactive Jealousy is and My Top 5 Tips to Make it Stop
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by Dr. Abby Medcalf
4d ago
Jealousy in a moment happens when you perceive someone or something else as a threat to your relationship. Retroactive jealousy is different because you feel threatened by something or someone in your partner’s past but there’s no current situation happening that’s triggering this feeling. Today I’m going to talk about the signs of retroactive jealousy, why you act this way and my top five tips for making it stop.  ____________________________ Full blog and show notes: https://abbymedcalf.com/jealous-of-your-partners-past-relationships-what-retroactive-jealousy-is-and-my-top-5-tips-to-mak ..read more
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273. Do the Love Languages Really Work?
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by Dr. Abby Medcalf
2w ago
With Valentine’s Day around the corner in about 30 countries around the world, I thought it would be an excellent time to talk about Gary Chapman’s love languages. Let me say first that I’m not a Gary Chapman hater, and I think the Love Languages quiz can be fun and a little informative. However, this is not a one-size-fits-all theory and I’ve definitely found times that it’s even been detrimental for my clients. Today I’m going to answer your burning questions about the five love languages. What are they exactly and do they really work? Is there any research to support Chapman’s theory? Is th ..read more
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272. Being Curious Will Improve All Your Relationships: Here’s How to Do It
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by Dr. Abby Medcalf
3w ago
I know you’ve heard that curiosity killed the cat, but that negative spin is all wrong! We know from the research that curiosity will help with everything from improving your relationships, to coping better with rejection to feeling happier and more fulfilled in your life. In the last thirty years, we’ve amassed a lot of great research illustrating the benefits of curiosity. In fact, describing a day you felt curious will boost your mental and physical state by 20% more than if you told me about a day you felt incredibly happy! Today we’re going to discuss the biggest benefits of curiosity and ..read more
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271. Ask Dr. Abby: When You Feel on the Outside with Your Partner, Their Ex, and Their Kids
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by Dr. Abby Medcalf
1M ago
What do you do when your partner gets along great with their ex and wants to spend all holidays and main events with them and the kids? You’re invited too, of course, but you feel like a third wheel somehow and you’re wondering how to fit in. Do you push your feelings aside for the greater good or draw boundaries around your needs? Today, I’m answering a question from one of you as we figure out the right thing to do.  ____________________________ Full blog and show notes:  https://abbymedcalf.com/ask-dr-abby-when-you-feel-on-the-outside-with-your-partner-their-ex-and-their-kids Pick ..read more
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270. Having a Growth Mindset is the Key to an Empowered Mindset
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by Dr. Abby Medcalf
1M ago
Here we are with part two of The Five Steps to Having an Empowered Mindset. If you haven’t listened to the first part yet, that’s OK; this one stands on its own (although I encourage you to go back and listen to episode 269). Today we’re going to discuss having a fixed versus a growth mindset and the tips for having a growth mindset, which will lead to feeling strong, confident and empowered. ____________________________ ? Full blog and show notes: https://abbymedcalf.com/having-a-growth-mindset-is-the-key-to-an-empowered-mindset ? Listen to Part 1! The Five Steps to Having an Empowered M ..read more
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269. The Five Steps to Having an Empowered Mindset
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by Dr. Abby Medcalf
1M ago
An empowered mindset means that you make conscious choices followed by intentional actions to take control of your life. It means you take responsibility for creating the life you want and leave victimhood in the past. But how exactly do you do that? This is a special two-part episode (because I’ve got so much great stuff to share). In today’s episode, I’ll be outlining four of the five steps I want you to take to have a new mindset filled with happiness, ease and empowerment. Then next week, you’ll hear that fifth step to help you move into 2024 feeling confident and ready! __________________ ..read more
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268. The #1 Reason Why You Don’t Hold Your Boundaries
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by Dr. Abby Medcalf
2M ago
I’ve said over and over that the secret to a life filled with connection, ease and joy is to create and hold boundaries. And there’s one big thing that generally gets in the way of holding those boundaries: having a victim mentality. In my almost 40 years of experience, working with thousands of people, this is an issue with almost every person I meet. Sometimes it’s a big issue, and sometimes it’s smaller, but it’s almost always there in some way. The problem is that this way of thinking seems so natural or right that you likely don’t even realize you’re doing it! You’re a fish who doesn’t kn ..read more
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267. Why it's Hard to Ask for Help and 3 Tips for Making it Easier
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by Dr. Abby Medcalf
2M ago
Hello. My name is Abby, and I hate to ask for help. Despite all my years of therapy and teaching others how important it is, asking for help is still something I find difficult to do and I know I’m not alone! Today, I’ll be sharing the reasons why it’s hard to ask for help, the research behind the benefits of doing it and my top three tips for becoming someone who asks and receives.  ____________________________ Full blog and show notes: https://abbymedcalf.com/why-its-hard-to-ask-for-help-and-3-tips-for-making-it-easier My new book just came out! Boundaries Made Easy: Your Roadmap to Con ..read more
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266. Are Relationship Doubts Normal? Four Questions to Get Your Answer
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by Dr. Abby Medcalf
2M ago
The short answer is “yes,” but the real question is, “When should I listen to my relationship doubts and when should I ignore them?” Whether you’re deciding to move in together and having doubts, or you’ve been together for ten years and wondering if it’s time to go your separate ways, relationship doubts can crop up at any point in a relationship. So how do you separate normal doubts from an inner voice you should listen to? Today, I’m bringing you the top four questions you need to ask yourself (and answer, of course) to stop doubting and start being sure. ____________________________ Full b ..read more
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265. Learn to Hold Your Boundaries with Healthy Selfishness
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by Dr. Abby Medcalf
3M ago
You’ve tried to draw a boundary with your partner, boss or best friend, but they call you selfish, self-absorbed or even narcissistic! How could dare you prioritize yourself over what they want? In my new book, Boundaries Made Easy (which is dropping in just a couple of weeks on 12/5/23), I dispel the myth that holding a boundary is selfish and explain what healthy selfishness is all about. Today, I’m giving you a sneak peek into what selfishness really is and how you can learn to hold your boundaries with healthy selfishness.   ____________________________ Full blog and show notes: https ..read more
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