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Emotional Health, Intelligence

Football helps the toughest men to show emotion and hug
Two-thirds of men questioned in a survey said football made it easier for them to share their feelings with other men. And 76% said they would not be embarrassed to hug their friends while watching a game. "It is encouraging that football makes it easier for men to talk about their feelings as, traditionally, men are far less likely than women to share their innermost thoughts. It is important that men feel able to express their emotions in whatever way they find most comfortable."



No Emotional Connection
I broke up with a longtime friend with whom I was together for the last two years. For some reason he was never emotionally connected to me; he would always seem irritated, constantly argue with his ex about his kids, and she would always use the kids against him. I decided that I couldn't compete with the ex anymore. Was that right on my part? -- You've discovered that it's impossible to be in a relationship with someone who really is tied to a relationship with someone else. You may have lived with your friend and although that looks like a relationship, it isn't automatically a relationship unless you establish an emotional bond.

Emotional Infidelity: A Love Affair or Just Friends?
Here are a few observations of the "just friends" emotional affair: (1) This person often struggles knowing where to draw the line. S/he often throws him/herself into something 100%. Other aspects of his/her life may suffer or be ignored. There often is a lack of personal balance between family, work, self care. -- The lover or "falling in love" emotional affair has a different twist.

Men, Women, and Sex - women need emotional intimacy
I have frequently worked with the sexual problems that often occur in committed relationships. The most common complaint from men regarding sex is frequency, and the most common complaint from woman is lack of emotional intimacy. The very real issue here is that men are biologically motivated and women are mostly emotionally motivated. When women can accept that men`s biology is very present for them, they can start supporting their men in creating more emotional intimacy, romance, and personal power. When women criticize men, they help to create some of the insecurity that is such a turn off to many women.

Are You Emotionally Available?
Romantic love is risky. We all know that and so sometimes we try and play it safe by not getting to close. When we are unwilling to risk and be vulnerable, to risk being hurt again, we can be assured that the other person will feel the distance. That distance will eventually sabotage the relationship and cause the other person to leave. Resulting in exactly what we were trying to avoid. When we are unwilling to take emotional risks in relationships we must settle for less fulfillment in our relationships and in life.

Married men are at a disadvantage in relationships both verbally and emotionally
The largest percentage of adult men? Married men. And until now they've had no voice. It could be argued that men don't need another voice; their voice in the culture is loud enough for most women. But Haltzman argues that married men are different and need a voice because they are at a distinct disadvantage in relationships, verbally and emotionally. The average woman uses 7,000 words a day and five tones of speech, he points out. The average man uses 2,000 words and three tones.
(Psychology Today)

Rekindling old flames is possible but emotionally intense
Lost loves. First loves. We all have them but, given the opportunity, what to do when the possibility of reunion comes up? A psychiatrist offers her story, as well as what to look for.
(Psychology Today)

Are we emotionally what we eat?
Negative emotions can send us rushing to the biscuit tin or hiding our horrors in a tub of ice-cream - with up to 43% of people using food to alter their mood. Others binge and vomit or develop anorexia as a way of trying to gain some sort of control over runaway feelings. Why so many of us have this up and down relationship with what, on its most fundamental level, is just a means of fuelling our bodies. Our complex relationship with food starts right back in the cradle. A baby's blood sugar falls if they are hungry and they get in a dire emotional state. They scream and cry, are fed and feel better.