I hate people.
(That’s not really true, but all the clichéd phrases I could think of to open an issue about relationships were boring.)
What I mean is, relationships are tough.
Any time people come into contact with other people, there’s high potential for drama, misunderstandings, intentional and unintentional offenses, abuse, rejection… There’s also the potential for teamwork, connection, intimacy, redemption, and love.
So how do we get more of the second list and less of the first?
That’s what this issue of Wyn will explore: emotionally healthy relationships. Relationships with our parents, romantic partners, friends, social acquaintances, and even our therapists. How mental illness affects our relationships. How to make our relationships better.
Maybe even how to stop hating people.
Cover photos for this issue and article by Sanja Gjenero.
Letter from the EditorDecember 1, 2013by Becky Castle Miller
Your Marriage Can Survive Depression—Here’s HowDecember 2, 2013by Jo SwinneyOur marriage held us, sometimes feeling like a refuge, sometimes like a cage. Ten years in, we are still married. Your marriage can survive depression too.
Forgiveness Is Not ForgettingDecember 5, 2013by Tara FoxForgiveness is not forgetting; it is remembering and learning from the offense while releasing the resentment and desire for revenge.
(Life & Fiction) When a Mirror Is a WindowDecember 7, 2013by Amy Jane HelmericksBy looking in the mirrors around me (other people), I left my identity-defining up to everyone I perceived as stronger, bigger, more powerful than me.
5 Ways to Overcome Relationship Stress During the HolidaysDecember 9, 2013by Meredith CrislipRelationship stress during the holidays can dampen our festive moods. Here are expert tips for reducing conflict and chaos at family gatherings.
How to Resolve Your Relationship Conflict: Advice from a Professional MediatorDecember 11, 2013by Joan CallahanProfessional mediators like me negotiate solutions in difficult relationships. Let me teach you how to mediate and resolve relationship conflict.
How to Have A Good Relationship with Your TherapistDecember 15, 2013by Kristen KansiewiczA quality relationship between client and counselor is vital to success in therapy. How can you build a good relationship with your therapist?
When Small Talk Is A Big Problem: A Survival Guide for PartiesDecember 17, 2013by Joanna HolmanSmall talk is an unfortunate necessity in many relationships. Here are some tips for making it through small-talk-heavy situations like holiday parties.
What I Wish My Friends Had Known When I Was SickDecember 19, 2013by April BestHow can you give and receive support when you're ill? Here’s what I wish my friends had known when I was sick...and what I wish I had known as well.
You’re Not Ready for Christmas, And That’s Okay: Thoughts on Advent and Birth PrepDecember 24, 2013by Becky Castle MillerNot ready for Christmas? You're not alone, and it's okay. Here's why.
Relationship Boundaries Protect You From These 4 PeopleDecember 27, 2013by Sharideth SmithYou train those around you how to treat you. Never say no? Here are four types of people who violate your relationship boundaries and how to deal with them.