037-038: Healthy Marriage

In these episodes, John and Margi have a discussion with Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT, CST about forming a foundation for marriage that withstands change.  They also discuss guiding principles to maintaining successful relationships.

In Part 1, John, Margi and Natasha discuss:

  • Differentiation: the constant tension between “me” and “we” in marriage
  • Respect/friendship in a relationship
  • The Protection Model vs the Intimacy Model
  • Avoiding power differentials in a relationship
  • Challenging the rhetoric of “co-dependence”

In Part 2, John, Margi, and Natasha discuss:

  • Creating positive communication and protecting marriage when believing family tries to place blame on a spouse
  • Belonging to yourself and choosing to share in significant ways as the best method to building intimacy
  • Common relationship myths
  • Vulnerability within relationships
  • How self-discovery and relationship renovation enhances relationships

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