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Validation: How to Empathize with Your Spouse and Why It’s Important in a Marriage

Validation: How to Empathize with Your Spouse and Why It’s Important in a Marriage Can you recall the last time you were working through something difficult, and all you wanted was for the person you count on the most to acknowledge your pain? When they did not, it was not only that you felt left [...]

Controlling marriage counseling Louisville Gottman

Controlling: What Does it Mean and How Can Marriage Counseling Help? Have you found yourself caught up in marriage with a controlling spouse? The truth is there are several ways in which control can be present in a marriage, yet not all of them are easy to spot – at least not right away. For [...]

Defensiveness: How the Blame Game can Destroy Communication

A Marriage Counselor explains Defensiveness In my last post, I spoke about the first of four communication patterns, criticism, that are destructive in a marriage.  These are called the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse by Dr. John Gottman, the researcher and marriage counseling specialist, who discovered their destructiveness in marriages.  He found that couples who [...]

Criticism: A Toxin that Destroys Marriages. Stop it Before it Kills Yours.

Do you and your spouse wrestle to communicate your needs without shouting or intense anger?  Maybe you and your spouse attack the other’s personality or character leading to chaos or even worse, shutting down and avoiding him or her altogether?

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