We've all heard it. We've heard it among friends. We've heard it at social gatherings. We've heard it on the television and among relationship experts - 'once a cheater, always a cheater'.
Is is true?
This episode provides an in-depth exploration of the old adage 'once a cheater, always a cheater'.
Online dating is easy, convenient and popular. Many a pair have met, fallen in love and married through online dating apps - so what's wrong with meeting people through dating apps?
Relationship and couple counselor Terri DiMatteo, LPC of Open Door Therapy shares ways in which online dating works against building a safe and trusting romantic relationship.
The discovery of an affair throws a couple into a relationship crisis. The experience is dramatic and traumatizing. The future of the relationship immediately becomes uncertain as couples ask themselves, "Will our relationship survive this?"
There is an often overlooked reason about why recovery from an affair is so daunting and difficult.
Listen as affair recovery expert Terri DiMatteo, LPC of Open Door Therapy unpacks an important -- but overlooked reason -- why infidelity recovery is so hard to do.
You're in a new relationship and you really like your new love interest! You're not sure if it has enough staying power for the long haul.
How can you tell?
Here's a quick way to assess your new relationship to see if it might have long-lasting potential!
There is a lot of misinformation, misunderstanding and confusion around romantic relationships. While it's true that all relationships experience conflict as well as times of disconnect -- how do you know when enough is really enough and it's time to call it quits?
Relationship and couple counselor Terri DiMatteo, LPC of Open Door Therapy offers a few indications that a relationship may truly be over.
On Valentine's Day we partake in and witness grand gestures of romantic love that include chocolates, flowers, lingerie, love notes and candlelit dinners. All of that is quite nice, of course, but an annual romantic splash is not enough to sustain a romantic connection.
Relationship and couple counselor Terri DiMatteo argues that romance is not an essential 'part of' a committed relationship or marriage - but, in fact, a committed relationship or marriage, by definition, is a romantic union!
Real-life demands, stresses and strains are certainly forces that work against the softer, tender and desirous feelings essential to romantic feelings.
So how does a couple sustain romance over time? Is romance really that important? What happens when romance diminishes and is replaced by functionality, practicality and efficiency?
We've all seen the magazine headlines, celebrity gossip stories, politicians who cheat and have listened to the experts that portray infidelity in trite and predictable ways.
Our culture tends to simplify and trivialize each person within the affair triad. In fact, the language of affairs also contributes to infidelity misunderstanding.
Popular notions suggest that:
The one who engaged in the infidelity is a heartless, immoral villain. ("The Cheater")
The one who's partner strayed is an innocent victim who was wronged and made no contribution to the relationship crisis. ("The Betrayed Partner")
The outside party is demonized as an immoral, sex-crazed home-wrecker. ("The Mistress" NOTE: There is no gender-parallel term for a male affair-partner)
Is this portrayal accurate? Are the roles cast in concrete?
Experienced infidelity and affair recovery counselor, Terri DiMatteo challenges these notions and offers a deeper understanding of these notions that hinder rather than help in the understanding of infidelity.
Love and relationships have their challenges but when the romantic partner is a personality disordered psychopath the challenges are steep. Not for the faint of heart, this episode presents an in-depth discussion with Steve Becker, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice with over twenty years experience specializing in narcissistic spectrum personality disorders.
Steve is the author of "The Inner World of the Psychopath: A Definitive Primer on the Psychopathic Personality" available on Amazon. https://tinyurl.com/y4l52d5f
Visit Steve's website www.powercommunicating.com
Visit Steve's YouTube Channel Steve Becker, LCSW
What is a couple to do when infidelity occurs before getting married? Mayi Dixon, LPC host of Anchor's "The PreMarital Bliss Podcast" interviews relationship and couples counselor Terri DiMatteo. The two discuss the unique concerns that occur when infidelity happens before getting married. What needs to be considered? What is the best way forward?
You can learn more about Mayi by visiting her website www.innovcounseling.com and by listening to her at "The PreMarital Bliss Podcast" here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mayi-dixon/id1344538190
Do you still occasionally think about someone special from your past? Do you sometimes wonder 'what if?' even though many years have passed – and each of you has ‘moved on’? Does a special someone still hold a tender place in your heart? If so, you may have experienced ‘love interrupted’ rather than a break-up. This episode is based on the fascinating research on lost love by Dr. Nancy Kalish.