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MY THERAPIST SAYS

Here’s how my marriage improved when I learned to do it right — and when to skip the apology altogether

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Focusing too narrowly on how things end can hinder one’s ability to make good decisions

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How relationships are tested and strengthened over the course of the pandemic

Illustration: Hoi Chan


For some, Covid-19 has had a negative impact on intimacy and sex

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My Therapist Says

It’s okay to lose a friendship

Illustration: Kate Dehler


Time apart can save your relationship during the pandemic

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The pandemic is keeping us at home — but out of the bedroom

A stressed couple lying down on the bed and staring at the ceiling.
A stressed couple lying down on the bed and staring at the ceiling.
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“You can’t be…


My Therapist Says

Social distancing brings the rare opportunity to redefine our communication and relationships

Illustration: Kate Dehler


Illustration: Kieran Blakey

The Nuance

They can disrupt our ability to communicate and connect. But there are ways to overcome a mask’s necessary downsides.


The health and ethical implications of isolating with a tight-knit circle of friends

Friends wearing face masks practice social distancing as they chat in front of a shop during the outbreak of COVID-19.
Friends wearing face masks practice social distancing as they chat in front of a shop during the outbreak of COVID-19.
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