Posts Categorized: Summit Staff Blogs

Creating meaning and purpose in the midst of change

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Throughout life it is normal and expected to experience periods of time when we seem to be transitioning from one phase of life to another.  Life transitions can be joyful – like when we get married or become a new parent or overwhelming – like when we experience the death of someone close to us […]

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All Arguments are not Created Equal

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Arguments happen in all marriages, in fact they are necessary.  Conflicts  may arise because of  financial stresses, parenting issues and misunderstandings. Couples must face these daily disagreements in order to operate and function effectively.  However, there are forms of negativity in arguments that have been found to be more destructive or corrosive to a marriage than others.  Dr. Gottman, a noted […]

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A Quick and Easy Technique to Improve Marital Communication

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Do the arguments between you and your spouse quickly disintegrate into a heated battle without any chance of reaching a win/win conclusion?  Check to make sure that a harsh start up is not dooming you to failure.  A harsh start up is when you or your spouse begins a discussion with a harsh or critical statement. This statement […]

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How Good Arguments Are Good For Your Health and Can Save Your Marriage

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What makes a good marriage last? According to the best evidence provided by case studies and well-documented research (most prominent that of Dr. John Gottman), the best chances of success are within marriages where the spouses can provide a safe haven for each other and a secure base from which to face the world together. […]

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The blended family: Be careful before you “step” when involved in kids transitioning between households

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He who is greatest among you shall be your servant; whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. Matthew 23:11-12 One of the most confusing and humbling jobs to have in life must be the job of a stepparent.  Even the name is confusing.  Is this a step-up, a step-down, […]

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How Science Helps Us Understand Addiction

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We want to make a terrific resource available to you.  This publication from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) presents what current science has to say about substance abuse and addiction, with special focus on how substances affect the brain. The resource is entitled The Science of Addiction and is a free download from the […]

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Of Stress and the Mind

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The way we perceive a situation, and decide whether it is positive or negative, is an active, continuing process of appraisal of the risks, costs, and likely gains of our possible responses. Three individuals may be stuck in traffic at the same time and each may perceive and appraise the situation quite differently. “OMG,” one […]

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Healthy Self Esteem in Teens

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In today’s world developing healthy self esteem is a challenge for many pre-adolescent and adolescent girls. Our relationship with God, family, friends and the media all contribute to the development of our sense of self.  Today’s media has a particularly disturbing influence over how girls view themselves and their bodies.  In a recent survey of fifth through […]

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