Being Well Podcast: The Keys to a Great Relationship
January 16, 2023

Before becoming the “Buddhist brain guy” Dr. Rick spent over 30 years working in private practice as a couples counselor and family therapist. Today we’re leaning on that experience, and learning what we can do to build stronger, more fulfilling relationships.

Today’s episode was based on Rick’s new book Making Great Relationships: Simple Practices for Solving Conflicts, Building Connection, and Fostering Love. Follow this link if you’d like to order it.

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Key Topics:

0:00: Introduction and Rick’s upcoming book

3:20: The importance of deliberate action in making a relationship 

5:50: 6 practical steps from Rick’s new book

10:05: The relationship we have with ourselves

13:10: When others don’t want the same thing

18:50: Rick’s recurring observations in relationship counseling

25:00: Balancing intimacy and autonomy, and asserting what you want

30:50: Staying on topic and establishing thorough agreements

36:25: Sticking to our needs without alienating others

37:45: Tolerating discomfort

40:20: Getting to truth with others

41:40: Recap

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