"When we are not able to speak authentically, our relationships spiral downward, as does our sense of integrity and self-regard."
When we feel disenchanted with our relationships (which most people experience), it's easy to think that we're the only ones who are struggling. We tend to compare how we feel about our relationship with how other couples appear. We forget that they, too, may be feeling unhappy about their relationships though they act as if everything is fine. They may even be looking at us and secretly wishing that they had the relationship we have.
Through my work with hundreds of couples and my own marriage, which is my greatest teacher of all, I have come to believe that there are several common issues that eventually befall most long-term partnerships. As hopeless as they may make you feel in the moment, there are ways you can learn to overcome them and to start thriving again, instead of just surviving.