A Treacherous Enemy Inside Me: My Endometriosis Story
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by Astera Brylka
1y ago
Have you ever heard of endometriosis? Do you know anything about this chronic illness or have you just heard about it for the first time in your life? As March is the Endometriosis Awareness Month, I want to share my endo story with you. While this topic may seem to be far away from the love and relationships scope of this podcast, it really is not. Endometriosis often heavily affects romantic, sex, and family life of those that have been diagnosed, and I do not mean only women but their partners or husbands as well. Every 1 in 10 women of reproductive age in the UK—and these numbers are simil ..read more
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Gaslightning: An Alternate Reality in the Making
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by Astera Brylka
1y ago
Gaslightning is one of the most common manipulation techniques that is used mainly by narcissists, though not only, to gain power over and control their partners or spouses, and be in charge of the dynamics of the whole relationship. The term comes from a stage play “Gas light” by Patrick Hamilton and the movie that was subsequently made (in the US, known as "Angel Street"). In the movie, the devious husband manipulates and torments his wife to convince her that she’s going mad.  Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse where a person or group, makes another individual question their ..read more
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Intimacy: Tantra & Sex
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by Astera Brylka
1y ago
The interest in tantric sex is now on the rise in the Western World. Originating in the ancient Indian and Chinese practices and philosophy, tantric sex is slow and meditative, with its end goal not being orgasm but the enjoyment coming from the sexual act and the sensations that this sexual journey brings to the body. The movement of the sexual energy that takes place during the act brings healing, transformation, and enlightenment. Tantric sex, however, requires intimacy between the partners. Without intimacy, sex hardly ever goes beyond being a physical, often barely mechanical, act that br ..read more
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Intimacy: How to Communicate in a Relationship?
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by Astera Brylka
1y ago
How you communicate with your partner or spouse is of key importance for the happiness of your relationship or marriage. Superficial communication; blockages in communication; not enough open (or overly open) communication in a relationship are the most common problems that copules struggle with. Such challanging and inadequate communication in a relationship or marriage have further casualties, one of them being intimacy. In this episode of the Love Talks, me and my guest Anne Bland, the founder of SelfishlyHappyWoman.com and international love, relationship, and sex coach, discuss what partn ..read more
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Intimacy Interrupted
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by Astera Brylka
1y ago
Talking about intimacy with a partner or spouse is not easy for everyone. For some, it may even be a taboo topic. But intimacy, and talking about it with your partner or spouse when needed, is very important for the wellbeing of your relationship and marriage. Intimacy between two people that are married or in a committed relationship takes many forms, with physical and emotional intimacy being those that come to our minds first. What is physical and emotional intimacy then? What happens with a relationship when either one or both are gone? Is sex the same as physical intimacy? If you want to ..read more
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What Ghosts and Narcissists Have in Common?
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by Astera Brylka
1y ago
Ghosting happens when someone that you have dated with or have had a committed relationship with, ends this relationship by cutting off all sort of communication with you, without giving you any explanation or closure. It is like receiving an ultimate silent treatment. While ghosting is usually chosen as the means for ending a rather new relation, it can be used to end even a long-term, committed relationship. These days this is not that unusual anymore and no-one can be really sure that they are save from being ghosted. So, who ghosts others? Some would say that ghosting is done by people tha ..read more
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Romantic Relationships Across Cultures
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by Astera Brylka
1y ago
Marriages and comitted long-term relationships in which each partner comes from a different country and culture are these days not uncommon. With people easily moving around the world (well, at least before the COVID-19 outbreak) for work and study purposes, meeting a love of our life somewhere far away from our home country has become much more likely in the last 10-15 years than ever before. The expansion of the internet and a variety of different communication apps allow us stay in instant touch with our partner on a daily basis, even if we are thousands of miles apart from each other. The ..read more
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To Divorce or Not To Divorce?
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by Astera Brylka
1y ago
What to do if no amount of work that we have dedicated to fixing our relationship or marriage seems to be enough? How to recognise that we have reached the point of no return and admitting that our relationship or marriage is not going to work no matter what is the most reasonable thing to do at that point? When should we let go and part with our partner or spouse? When enough is really enough? Making a decision about getting a divorce or breaking up a long-term relationship is never easy. In fact, this is the last resort that many of us would think of, even if we strongly feel and are aware t ..read more
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Being Single At 40: Debunking the Myths
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by Astera Brylka
1y ago
Regardless of the culture that you were brought up in and part of the world that you live in, hitting 40 and being still single and childless is very often considered to be a life tragedy by others, like friends, family members, or even colleagues of the person that is single. This is true especially for women, for whom due to the biological reasons, becoming a mother is, on average, much more difficult at or after 40 than when they are in their 20s and 30s. While being single at or after 40 is also more stigmatising for women than men because of the cultral reasons, both men and women face lo ..read more
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How to Make a Long Distance Relationship Work?
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by Astera Brylka
1y ago
Long distance relationships (LDR) has always been controversial and raised mixed feelings among those that are involved in them and third-party observers alike. As both partners involved in a LDR are physically miles apart, often located in different states/countries or even on different continents, and see each other face-to-face rarely, many ask how these kind of arrangements work, do they in fact work, and what is the sense of engaging in and then maitaining such a relationship (?). These questions are even more timely now, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic that does not seem to go awa ..read more
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