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Real difference between how men, women choose partners Date: May 1, 2014 Source: Concordia University Summary: A hamburger that's 90 percent fat-free sounds a lot better than one with 10 percent fat. And even when the choices are the same, humans are hard-wired to prefer the more positive option.

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Addiction, Depression, Divorce and The Lizard Brain

By []Ken Donaldson

Here are some common questions people ask: Why do people set themselves up for bad relationships when they know the other person doesn't share their necessary values? Why would someone who knows they have a drug or alcohol problem continue to drink or use drugs? Why do people get involved with someone if they know there's a deal-breaker already there (i.e. drugs, alcohol, children, religion, etc.)? If someone knew they could do something very simple to feel better, why would they choose to continue to feel bad? Don't people understand that if they settle for less in the beginning, they always get even less in the end? There's actually one word that ties these questions together... Change. People don't like to change. Most people don't change. Most people don't think they need to change. Some research suggests that 95% of the population tries NOT to change. Yes...they resist change. The irony is that you really can't resist change as it's happening all the time, all around you, whether you like it, or want it, or not. But can you convince someone who doesn't want to change that change would do them good? depends. But the problem is the human brain. And while it would appear that some people making really bad and self-destructive choices are more suffering from brain damage, it's actually not that. It's the "reptile brain." The reptile brain, also referred to as the reptilian brain or lizard brain, is the oldest part of our brain and connected directly to our spinal cord. The primary purpose of the reptile brain is survival and protection. If you literally watch lizards you'll see them automatically defend their turf through behaviors like head-bobbing which demonstrates assertive and aggressive posturing. They automatically go into protective and survival mode whenever they feel threatened. Sometimes they run and sometimes they attack. They never sit still for very long. They don't like all. People who tend to engage in obsessive-compulsive behavior, rituals or superstitious thinking are all being governed by the reptile brain. Likewise, people who continue to do the same thing over and over (behavior slaves), are also being dominated by the reptile brain. The bottom-line is that people are programmed to resist change because this reptile part of the brain interprets change as potentially dangerous. So is there no hope then for these people? Actually, yes, there fact, more hope today than ever. The one dynamic every self-help book has in common is that they all support change. Every personal growth and development program does the same. So do all the 12-step programs and other related recovery programs. The question, then, and really the ONLY question, is: Are you open to change? Many people will stay in their familiar and predictable patterns only because the patterns are familiar and predicable. You can invite, challenge or dare someone else to change. You can even threaten them with losing something if they don't. But in the end, the other person has to want it more than you. Then you may be left asking yourself, "What do I need to do to change in myself to make this all more accepting?" This is a hard pill to swallow especially if you really care about the other person. This is, in fact, where most codependency is born. It's about caring so much that you actually begin to overstep what you're responsible for and try to do for the other person what they in fact need to do for themselves. Good thing you can turn to counselors who specialize in facilitating change for help. And the Serenity Prayer is a good reminder as well: Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change (other people); The courage to change the things I can (yourself); And the wisdom to know the difference (boundaries and letting go). Yes, people can manage the reptile brain. They have to want to first. Then, they must have the awareness and deliberately step over, around, or just ignore the unnecessary warning signals altogether.

In the end, change is always good. It's happening anyway so you might as well learn to go with it rather than against it. []Read more from Ken Donaldson []Marry Yourself First! Article Source: [,-Depression,-Divorce-and-The-Lizard-Brain&id=6191746]
Addiction, Depression, Divorce and The Lizard Brain

Here are some common questions people ask: Why do people set themselves up for bad relationships when they know the other person doesn't share their necessary values? Why would someone who knows they have a drug or alcohol problem continue to drink or use drugs?

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Women have two, conflicting instincts when choosing men. On the one hand, women want superior men, a.k.a. alpha males. On the other hand, women want men who can materially provide for their families, commit to a long-term relationship, and enjoy interacting...

Men like to solve problems on their own yet women like to solve problems in the relationship as a team. Men can sometimes view unsolicited assistance as an undermining of their effort to solve problems alone while women value assistance, and thus view unsolicited solutions as undermining their effort to proceed interactively.

Men value their achievements, but women value their relationships – that’s why for most men the main thing is work and career, while for the majority of women, it’s a family. Men are very sensitive about their professional failures – in order to feel completely satisfied with his life, a man has to be sure that his career achievements are not less successful than of most his peers.
6 Toxic Relationship Habits Most People Think Are Normal By Mark Manson • 05/04/15 4:51pm There’s no class in high school on how to not be a shitty boyfriend or girlfriend. Sure, they teach us the biology of sex, the legality of marriage, and maybe we read a few obscure love stories from the 19th century on how not to be. But when it comes down to actually handling the nitty-gritty of relationships, we’re given no pointers… or worse, we’re given advice columns in women’s magazines. Yes, it’s trial-and-error from the get-go. And if you’re like most people, it’s been mostly error. But part of the problem is that many unhealthy relationship habits are baked into our culture. We worship romantic love — you know, that dizzying and irrational romantic love that somehow finds breaking china plates on the wall in a fit of tears somewhat endearing — and scoff at practicality or unconventional sexualities. Men and women are raised to objectify each other and to objectify their relationships. Thus, our partners are often seen as assets rather than someone to share mutual emotional support. A lot of the self-help literature out there isn’t helpful either (no, men and women are not from different planets, you over-generalizing prick). And for most of us, mom and dad surely weren’t the best examples either. Fortunately, there’s been a lot of psychological research into healthy and happy relationships the past few decades and there are some general principles that keep popping up consistently that most people are unaware of or don’t follow. In fact, some of these principles actually go against what is traditionally considered “romantic” or normal in a relationship. Below are six of the most common tendencies in relationships that many couples think are healthy and normal, but are actually toxic and destroying everything you hold dear. Get the tissues ready. 1. THE RELATIONSHIP SCORECARD What It Is: The “keeping score” phenomenon is when someone you’re dating continues to blame you for past mistakes you made in the relationship. If both people in the relationship do this it devolves into what I call “the relationship scorecard,” where it becomes a battle to see who has screwed up the most over the months or years, and therefore who owes the other one more. You were an asshole at Cynthia’s 28th birthday party back in 2010 and it has proceeded to ruin your life ever since. Why? Because there’s not a week that goes by that you’re not reminded of it. But that’s OK, because that time you caught her sending flirtatious text messages to her co-worker immediately removes her right to get jealous, so it’s kind of even, right? Wrong. Why It’s Toxic: The relationship scorecard develops over time because one or both people in a relationship use past wrongdoings in order to try and justify current righteousness. This is a double-whammy of suckage. Not only are you deflecting the current issue itself, but you’re ginning up guilt and bitterness from the past to manipulate your partner into feeling wrong in the present. If this goes on long enough, both partners eventually spend most of their energy trying to prove that they’re less culpable than the other, rather than solving the current problem. People spend all of their time trying to be less wrong for each other instead of being more right for each other. What You Should Do Instead: Deal with issues individually unless they are legitimately connected. If someone habitually cheats, then that’s obviously a recurring problem. But the fact that she embarrassed you in 2010 and now she got sad and ignored you today in 2013 have nothing to do with each other, so don’t bring it up. You must recognize that by choosing to be with your significant other, you are choosing to be with all of their prior actions and behaviors. If you don’t accept those, then ultimately, you are not accepting them. If something bothered you that much a year ago, you should have dealt with it a year ago. 2. DROPPING “HINTS” AND OTHER PASSIVE AGGRESSION What It Is: Instead of stating a desire or thought overtly, your partner tries to nudge you in the right direction of figuring it out yourself. Instead of saying what’s actually upsetting you, you find small and petty ways to piss your partner off so you’ll then feel justified in complaining to them. Why It’s Toxic: It shows that you two are not comfortable communicating openly and clearly with one another. A person has no reason to be passive-aggressive if they feel safe expressing any anger or insecurity within the relationship. A person will never feel a need to drop “hints” if they feel like they won’t be judged or criticized for it. What You Should Do Instead: State your feelings and desires openly. And make it clear that the other person is not necessarily responsible or obligated to them but that you’d love to have their support. If they love you, they’ll almost always be able to give it. 3. HOLDING THE RELATIONSHIP HOSTAGE What It Is: When one person has a simple criticism or complaint and blackmails the other person by threatening the commitment of the relationship as a whole. For instance, if someone feels like you’ve been cold to them, instead of saying, “I feel like you’re being cold sometimes,” they will say, “I can’t date someone who is cold to me all of the time.” Why It’s Toxic: It’s emotional blackmail and it creates tons of unnecessary drama. Every minor hiccup in the flow of the relationship results in a perceived commitment crisis. It’s crucial for both people in a relationship to know that negative thoughts and feelings can be communicated safely to one another without it threatening the relationship itself. Otherwise people will suppress their true thoughts and feelings which leads to an environment of distrust and manipulation. What You Should Do Instead: It’s fine to get upset at your partner or to not like something about them. That’s called being a normal human being. But understand that committing to a person and always liking a person are not the same thing. One can be committed to someone and not like everything about them. One can be eternally devoted to someone yet actually be annoyed or angered by their partner at times. On the contrary, two partners who are capable of communicating feedback and criticism towards one another, only without judgment or blackmail, will strengthen their commitment to one another in the long-run. 4. BLAMING YOUR PARTNER FOR YOUR OWN EMOTIONS What It Is: Let’s say you’re having a crappy day and your partner isn’t exactly being super-sympathetic or supportive at the moment. They’ve been on the phone all day with some people from work. They got distracted when you hugged them. You want to lie around at home together and just watch a movie tonight, but they have plans to go out and see their friends. So you lash out at them for being so insensitive and callous toward you. You’ve been having a shitty day and they have done nothing about it. Sure, you never asked, but they should just know to make you feel better. They should have gotten off the phone and ditched their plans based on your lousy emotional state. Why It’s Toxic: Blaming our partners for our emotions is a subtle form of selfishness, and a classic example of the poor maintenance of personal boundaries. When you set a precedent that your partner is responsible for how you feel at all times (and vice versa), you will develop codependent tendencies. Suddenly, they’re not allowed to plan activities without checking with you first. All activities at home, even the mundane ones like reading books or watching TV, must be negotiated and compromised. When someone begins to get upset, all personal desires go out the window because it is now your responsibility to make one another feel better. The biggest problem of developing these codependent tendencies is that they breed resentment. Sure, if my girlfriend gets mad at me once because she’s had a shitty day and is frustrated and needs attention, that’s understandable. But if it becomes an expectation that my life revolves around her emotional well-being at all times, then I’m soon going to become very bitter and even manipulative towards her feelings and desires. What You Should Do Instead: Take responsibility for your own emotions and expect your partner to be responsible for theirs. There’s a subtle yet important difference between being supportive of your partner and being obligated to your partner. Any sacrifices should be made as an autonomous choice and not seen as an expectation. As soon as both people in a relationship become culpable for each other’s moods and downswings, it gives them both incentives to hide their true feelings and manipulate one another. 5. DISPLAYS OF “LOVING” JEALOUSY What It Is: Getting pissed off when your partner talks, touches, calls, texts, hangs out or sneezes in the general vicinity of another person and then you proceed to take that anger out on your partner and attempt to control his or her behavior. This often leads to insane behaviors such as hacking into your partner’s email account, looking through their text messages while they’re in the shower or even following them around town and showing up unannounced when they’re not expecting you. Why It’s Toxic: It surprises me that some people describe this as some sort of display of affection. They figure that if their partner wasn’t jealous, then that would somehow mean that they weren’t loved by them. This is absolutely clown-shit crazy to me. It’s controlling and manipulative. It creates unnecessary drama and fighting. It transmits a message of a lack of trust in the other person. And to be honest, it’s demeaning. If my girlfriend cannot trust me to be around other attractive women by myself, then it implies that she believes that I’m either a) a liar or b) incapable of controlling my impulses. In either case, that’s a woman I do not want to be dating. What You Should Do Instead: Trust your partner. It’s a radical idea, I know. Some jealousy is natural. But excessive jealousy and controlling behaviors towards your partner are signs of your own feelings of unworthiness and you should learn to deal with them and not force them onto those close to you. Because otherwise you are only going to eventually push that person away. 6. BUYING THE SOLUTIONS TO RELATIONSHIP PROBLEMS What It Is: Any time a major conflict or issue comes up in the relationship, instead of solving it, one covers it up with the excitement and good feelings that come with buying something nice or going on a trip somewhere. My parents were experts at this one. And it got them real far: a big fat divorce and 15 years of hardly speaking to each other since. They have both since independently told me that this was the primary problem in their marriage: continuously covering up their real issues with superficial pleasures. Why It’s Toxic: Not only does it brush the real problem under the rug (where it will always re-emerge even worse the next time), but it sets an unhealthy precedent within the relationship. This is not a gender-specific problem, but I will use the traditional gendered situation as an example. Let’s imagine that whenever a woman gets angry at her boyfriend/husband, the man “solves” the issue by buying the woman something nice or taking her to a nice restaurant or something. Not only does this give the woman unconscious incentive to find more reasons to be upset with the man, but it also gives the man absolutely no incentive to actually be accountable for the problems in the relationship. So what do you end up with? A checked-out husband who feels like an ATM, and an incessantly bitter woman who feels unheard. What You Should Do Instead: Actually, you know, deal with the problem. Trust was broken? Talk about what it will take to rebuild it. Someone feels ignored or unappreciated? Talk about ways to restore those feelings of appreciation. Communicate! There’s nothing wrong with doing nice things for a significant other after a fight to show solidarity and to reaffirm commitment. But one should never use gifts or fancy things to replace dealing with the underlying emotional issues. Gifts and trips are called luxuries for a reason, you only get to appreciate them when everything else is already good. If you use them to cover up your problems, then you will find yourself with a much bigger problem down the line. SEE ALSO: Love Is Not Enough
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