Are you, or is someone you care about, trapped in an abusive relationship? Recently we looked at the cycle of abuse: the four stages of behaviour that are usually repeated as a never-ending pattern in abusive relationships. These four stages are:… Read More
In the 1970s, psychologist Lenore Walker developed a social cycle theory known as the cycle of abuse, which identified a specific pattern that most abusive relationships follow. These four phases are evident in the majority of violent relationships, and they repeat themselves over and over again, no matter how many times the abuser promises to ‘change’ or ‘stop’.
Do you recognise these patterns in your own relationship or the relationship of someone you love?… Read More
Growing up, a lot of us were taught that ‘sticks and stones can break our bones but words can never hurt us’. While it’s true that physical violence can inflict visible and physically painful wounds, it’s not true that words are harmless. In fact, for victims of emotional abuse, the psychological scars can last indefinitely, leading to a lifetime of low self-esteem, depression, withdrawal, and believing that they do not deserve a non-abusive relationship. … Read More
Every relationship goes through rough patches, but how do you know if your issues are normal ups and downs, or whether they points to more serious underlying problems?
Here are seven ways to tell if your relationship is healthy. … Read More
Whether you and your partner are in a rut or you’d like to ramp your relationship up a notch, these tips gleaned from the experts can help you turn a lukewarm partnership into a happier, healthier, hotter one. … Read More
Jealousy happens in a relationship when one partner fears they may lose the other to someone else. If your partner is constantly flirting with other people or intentionally behaving in ways that make you insecure, your jealousy is understandable – and you should think about whether your partner deserves your devotion.… Read More
Fun, spontaneous sex is an integral part of most relationships, and a key factor in keeping your union healthy. Sex helps us connect with our partners and develop a closer bond, plus it’s well established that regular sex is good for the body, mind and soul.… Read More
Hearing Khensani say to Tsholo “I’m only 15, I can’t be pregnant” makes us think of all the old wives’ tales we hear about fertility and pregnancy. Below we debunk these and other common pregnancy myths.… Read More
Not only is it easier than ever to meet people online, but these days it’s normal and socially acceptable too.… Read More
Good sex is great, but great sex is mindblowing! Make 2017 your hottest year yet with these top tips for better sex.… Read More
So you’ve been hanging out with this guy for a while, but you have this weird nagging feeling in your gut. Like, why does he freak out if you leave so much as a hair clip at his place? And what’s up with the fact that he’s never introduced you to his friends?… Read More
Are you gay? Straight? Bisexual or a lesbian? Does it feel like everyone’s trying to put a label on you, even when you yourself aren’t sure? And what do all these labels even mean? Let’s break it down.… Read More
These days, we’re living incredibly busy lives. Between hectic work schedules, socialising, and squeezing in time for family, it can be almost impossible to meet your soulmate during your day to day life. That’s why lots of people are turning to online dating. … Read More
“It’s complicated” has become the go-to euphemism for just about any undefined romantic connection. Still hooking up with your ex? It’s complicated. Dating someone non-exclusively? It’s complicated. Co-workers who occasionally have sex? It’s definitely complicated.… Read More