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3 Ways Men Express Their Feelings that Women Often Misunderstand

Tale as old as time, women like to talk through their emotions while for the majority of men, they let their actions do the talking much of the time. I’m here to give you a cheat sheet to help interpret his actions and emotions. Let’s face it, when it comes to men, an invitation to discuss “feelings” isn’t generally something they jump at. It’s something I hear from my readers often. Now, of course I’m not suggesting that you should just put up with an uncommunicative partner who grunts half-formed sentences. But the first step toward effective communication is what…

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Been Played for a Fool? A Quick Guide to Overcoming Heartbreak

Been Played for a Fool? A Quick Guide to Overcoming Heartbreak

Like the old song says, everybody plays the fool. It’s one of the worst consequences of opening your heart and having it not work out. So how can you not just recover but triumph over that terrible state? You probably know that awful feeling. Where you realize you’ve made a bad choice in love. Where your inner voice snickers “I told you so!“. You feel like a complete and utter fool. And it’s tempting to crawl back into your shell and nurse your wounds, put up some walls, and possibly never be fully willing to lay your heart on the…

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I Left My Husband but Now He Wants Me Back, and I Don’t Know What I Want

I Left My Husband but Now He Wants Me Back, and I Don’t Know What I Want

She finally got up the courage to leave after years of trying. So why did it take leaving for him to realize he didn’t want her to go? Hi Felicity – I need a good dose of encouragement (and maybe some gentle advice). My marriage has been flat for the last few years. My husband is a nice guy (no drinking, cheating, or abuse of any kind)…but he treats me like a buddy, not a wife. After trying to work on things with date nights and special vacations to drum up the spark again for many months, I finally gave…

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Communication Breakdown: What to Do When He Doesn’t Want to Talk

Communication Breakdown: What to Do When He Doesn’t Want to Talk

Hey Felicity, I’ve got a problem that I need your help with. I consider myself to be a deep thinker and I love to talk about everything under the sun. And while I think my boyfriend is smart, he just doesn’t seem to want to talk with me about much of anything, least of all meaningful stuff. Can this work? The short answer is yes, assuming you’re both interested in making things work and are wanting similar things from the relationship. The longer answer is it’s may take some effort. I can speak from experience here, as I’ve wrestled with…

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He Says He Loves Me, but What Does that MEAN?

He Says He Loves Me, but What Does that MEAN?

Hey Felicity, I have a confession: I watched The Bachelor this season. And while I adore Ben, I was never down with him telling two women he loved them. Especially because neither women knew it was being said to the other until the end. Because I am a woman, I know that those words are powerful to hear and can play into the choices we make. Curious about your thoughts on this? Oooh, great question! I think part of why that show captivates such a wide audience is that we get to play voyeur to the dating process (albeit a…

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How Long Should I Wait For Him to Pop the Question?

How Long Should I Wait For Him to Pop the Question?

Hi Felicity, I’m 42 and in a committed relationship. My boyfriend and I are both divorced. We’ve been together for almost 4 years now and he hasn’t popped the question. Ughh… I really love him, but I’m starting to feel taken advantage of or like something is wrong with me! Every birthday that comes and goes without a ring is harder to handle. When I try to bring up the conversation of marriage, he gets defensive and avoids the conversation. I’m not getting any younger. What do I do? Do I stay or do I go? It’s the million dollar…

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Is Ambition Incompatibility Undermining Your Relationship?

Is Ambition Incompatibility Undermining Your Relationship?

Can two people with drastically different levels of ambition make it as a couple? Felicity offers a reader some advice. Her answer: it’s all about what you value. Hey Felicity – I’ve got a dilemma. I am a successful woman who owns a growing business. I’ve busted some serious booty to get where I’m at and I’m proud of my accomplishments. And even though I’ve done a lot, I’ve got so much more to take on in my career. I admit, my marriage suffered a bit due to my workaholic ways. And through my divorce, I channeled all of my…

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Are You Unintentionally Repelling Men?

Are You Unintentionally Repelling Men?

As humans, we all crave acknowledgment, acceptance, and love. It’s a universal truth. And compliments are the simplest form of currency. Yet there are subtle differences in how women and men receive those prized words of affirmation. In fact, you might unknowingly be repelling men by doing what comes naturally to you as a woman. Warning: Broad-stroke generalizations ahead. As women, we are encouraged to be nurturing, caring, and motherly. Just look at the toys and games common to most of our childhoods – dolls, pretend kitchens, and playing house, nurse, or school. Being in tune with those around us…

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