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  1. Can You Ignore These Red Flags in a Relationship?

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    Starting a new relationship in your 50s and beyond can be daunting. The red flags you see in a relationship aren’t always a sign of trouble. You may still be able to have a successful and happy relationship, even if your relationship does have some characteristics that could cause issues for others. Sometimes, what may be red flags for some don’t apply to others. Plus, you may have a healthy system for overcoming challenges before they become too big for you. Consider these red flags: Your family hates your partner. One common red flag in a relationship is that your family disapproves of your partner. However, this doesn’t mean you have to separate or break up. Does your family dislike your partner? Do they criticise them every time they...
  2. What To Do if You or Your Spouse Has a Midlife Crisis

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    There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the idea of a midlife crisis. Maybe it’s a myth. Maybe it comes in so many different variations that it’s hard to describe. Still, many adults go through a stage where they feel washed up or question the meaning of their lives. They may follow the old stereotype of buying a sports car or join the newer trend of excessive exercise. Whether you visit a Jaguar dealership or a gym, the reaction often has more to do with specific events than with age. You’ll usually find some trigger such as divorce or the death of a parent. Plus, with the average lifespan growing longer, you could experience quarterly upheavals. Fortunately, these transitions offer positive opportunities as well as dilemmas....
  3. Podcast :Therapist and counsellor Wendy Gregory talks about how to recognise a narcissist

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    Ceri Wheeldon of Fab after Fifty talks to therapist  Wendy Gregory about how to recognise a narcissist. A topic which has proven to be of enormous interest when we have discussed dating over 50 on the Fab after Fifty website. This is the first of a series of 3 interviews on recognising and dealing with narcissists. Also available on itunes   In this episode Wendy will share: How to recognise the signs of narcissistic behaviour. The three phases of a relationship with a narcissist – love bombing, devalue, discard. What is involved in each...
  4. Crime writer Julie D Jones talks about working with her husband

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    Article by Julie D. Jones Working with a partner is not always a walk in the park! When you get two strong personalities working together there are times when you inevitably disagree and need a strategy to work out your differences. As a crime writer, married to an experienced forensic expert, it was only natural for me to seek advice and detailed information from my husband. With a background in nursing it helps that we have a lot of things in common; we can discuss certain drugs/medications and the effects on the body, also from seeing gunshot wounds we can discuss the carnage created from firearms and the types of guns used in shootings. From time to time Terry and I disagree with scenes in my books. We try to...
  5. How to avoid dating a narcissist

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    Interview  by Ceri Wheeldon with Wendy Gregory There is so much talk about narcissism in the press and media today, and it would appear that in most instances it is women being targeted by men. For those women over 50 returning to dating, it creates an extra are of concern – especially if dating online. I asked psychologist Wendy Gregory, who has supported many women who have found themselves in relationships with narcissists, for her tips to identify a narcissist, and to avoid getting drawn in as narcissistic ‘supply’. How do we avoid getting drawn into a narcissist’s circle? First of all , when it comes to relationships, for a narcissist the relationship is all about them. What they can gain and how it makes them...
  6. 5 Mistakes we all make on Valentine’s Day

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    Article by Carole Ann Rice With Valentine’s Day coming in fast, many of us are scrambling to create the perfect day for our partners. However, while the adverts may be telling us that we need to spend a lot of money and splashout, the pressures of Valentine’s Day can cause all the effort to be a waste. Most of Top Life Coach Carole Ann Rice’s work focuses on making people the best versions of themselves. Here, she shares the 5 Valentine’s Day mistakes that we all make. 1. Making assumptions – despite what adverts may say, not everyone wants a box of chocolates, a bottle of prosecco and a teddy bear with a love message. Rather than just following clichés and making assumptions,...
  7. Divorce over 50: How to Have a Good Divorce

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    Article by Sara Davison WARNING: It is NOT easy to have a good divorce – but it is possible.   There is a good reason that it is known as the second most traumatic experience in life after death of a loved one. It is an emotional rollercoaster and has a huge ripple effect across your entire world. It will affect your mental and physical health, lifestyle, daily routine, children, work life, friends and family. We see the ‘Conscious Uncoupling’ celebrities who release amicable and loving statements on Twitter – and frankly I admire them for this. It is without a shadow of a doubt better for everyone involved if you can...
  8. 10 ways writing a journal can help you through betrayal and emotional upset

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    Article by Julia Keyes Whether you are working through a current relationship challenge, or trying to move on from a previous relationship, writing a journal can be a very therapeutic experience. It can help you move to a place of positivity and clarity. In our book, The MANScript , we describe the feelings of hurt, from a relationship breakdown and betrayal, as like being hit by a bullet or a ton of falling bricks. The impact of what is happening is such a tremendous shock, it might as well be a bullet or bricks!  The after-effects completely shatter you and can leave you metaphorically ‘on the...
  9. 5 reasons alone time is important in a relationship

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    Article by Carole Ann Rice   We’ve all had that feeling of being absolutely in love during the first few months of a relationship. People tend to fall head-over-heels for their new beau during this honeymoon stage, wanting to spend every moment of every day with them. As sweet as it all is, it’s important not to get too attached that you forget about your life before them. Top life coach Carole Ann Rice has seen the rise and fall of many relationships, so she’s bringing us her top 5 reasons that alone time is important in a relationship: 1. Put the balance in place – in the first few weeks of a new relationship, it’s common for couples to want to be with each...
  10. Ways to prevent empty nest syndrome being a key factor in divorce

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    By Peter Jones, founder of Jones Myers family law specialist  As anxious and excited students leave home for the first time to embark on the next stage of their life at college or university, their departure also marks a new chapter for their parents. For many ‘empty nesters’, this is the beginning of their lives without children in the house. It can also bring to the surface long suppressed irritations and tensions that have bubbled under the surface, but whose impact may have been lessened by the demands of children and busy lives. Two decades of hectic work and child care schedules can result in parents losing touch with each other and becoming different people to the couple who tied the knot. In today’s climate...
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