How to Be a Vulnerable Partner and Share Intimate Connection

Reality shows and Relationships I love watching reality dating shows.  Especially the more immersive, experiential ones (nod to OWN’s Ready to Love and Put a Ring on It, Lifetime’s Married at First Sight (MAFS) and 90-Day Fiancé, and Netflix’s Love is Blind, just to name a few). And kudos to the on-screen licensed therapists, relationship coaches, and […]

The Key to a Happy Adulthood

Connectedness in Childhood “More than any single factor that we can control, connectedness in childhood is the key to a happy adulthood” says Edward Hallowell in “The Childhood Roots to Adult Happiness”.  He cites a comprehensive study in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, Journal of the American Medical Association, 1997.  This study, on […]

Love is essential

Valentine’s Day, the day that celebrates love, acknowledges the love, whatever its form, that surrounds you. Don`t wait for the Valentine; become the one. Be the embodiment of the “I love you” that will generate an “I love you” in return!         Daphne Rose Kingma                A Garland of Love, February 14 Our daily lives are packed […]

What’s the difference between verbal abuse and just being “blunt”?

Just mean or “no filter?” Has someone ever said something incredibly insulting to you and when you became offended, they (or someone else), said that person was either “blunt,” “a straight shooter,” or “tells it like it is”?  While there are people that seemingly have what is referred to as “no filter,” there is also […]