Difficult people present relationship challenges. Whether it’s an addiction, irresponsibility, mental illness, abuse, immaturity, anger, emotional manipulation, affair, narcissism, spiritual mismatch, physical illness, difficult personality, or general dysfunction, you need to know what you are dealing with. When you don’t know, you are frequently caught off guard and confused and you might even react in ways that make the problem worse. In order to make wise choices, you need information. You will find ideas about how to respond to different types of problems that difficult people have. You will get tools and strategies that you can use in your own life.
Abuse can be emotional, verbal, physical, spiritual, and sexual. Abuse destroys a relationship and its victim. If you are dealing with abuse, you must recognize abusive behavior, understand how it affects you and then be empowered to stop the abuse. Learn the characteristics of abuse, why silent treatments are abusive, how to recognize emotional manipulation, where to get help, and more.
Addictions not only negatively affect the addicts, they also affect the people around them. Family members and friends often respond in ways that actually make the problem worse, even though they are only trying to help. Learn how to recognize an addiction and how to respond wisely to various addictions including alcohol, drugs, sex, and pornography.
Affairs devastate lives and marriages, as it is extremely painful to discover that your spouse has betrayed you. Learn how you can affair-proof your marriage, heal from an affair, know when an affair is truly over, help your children, and deal with a spouse with a sexual addiction.
Christian codependency is defined as a codependent way of living and behaving in your relationships based on the belief that God desires for you to ignore your needs, put others before yourself, give without limits, work for his approval, and feel and act responsible for others. Learn how to tell whether or not you are a Christian codependent and how to change this unhealthy relationship pattern.
Dating can be exciting and frustrating. Find tips on how to pick an equally yoked mate, get over a breakup, date after a divorce, and identify dangerous Christian dating misbeliefs. You will also find information on how to get a man to commit to you.
Christians aren’t immune from divorce. In fact, it can be even more confusing and painful because of the belief that God hates divorce. Learn what the Bible really says about divorce and remarriage after divorce. Find tips on how to survive a divorce and how to help your children, as well as helpful information on how to navigate a separation.
Dysfunctional people create dysfunctional dynamics in their relationships. In order for you to wisely deal with the dilemmas you are presented with, you need to be able to recognize the dynamics and then know how you can effectively respond to them. Learn how to recognize and deal with these dysfunctional dynamics: narcissism, passive aggressive anger, emotional manipulation, crazymaking, and more.
Marriage is hard work even when you have two healthy people committed to making it work. It is more difficult when you have dysfunctional people with unhealthy patterns, especially when only one person wants to address the problems. Learn how to resolve conflict effectively, love your spouse, respect an unrespectable man, correct scriptural misunderstandings, and more.
Parenting is not an easy task. You need to be equipped to deal with problems as they come up, as well as effective strategies for training your children. Learn how to discipline with logical consequences, raise confident and competent children, set boundaries with rebellious teens and adult children, deal with stepchildren, and more.
Self-esteem is an important factor in the health of your relationships because it impacts who you choose as friends and a partner and what type of treatment you will tolerate. Your self-esteem is directly affected by your self-image which is distorted by past experiences, unrealistic expectations, perfectionistic standards, and unfair comparisons. Learn more about how to improve your self-esteem.
Twelve Step Recovery
Twelve Step recovery is based on the God-inspired Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. You will find articles on working the Steps, understanding the scriptural principles in the Steps, and other helpful Christian recovery tools, as well as Change My Relationship’s adapted version of the Twelve Steps.