Narcissistic Sister-in-Law: Measures to Nip the Nuisance in the Bud

What Dickens had surmised during the conception of Miss Murdstone’s character is unforeseeable, but it’s pretty transparent that he shared his protagonist’s views in tarnishing Miss Murdstone as a “steely and cold” woman. Now, who is Miss Murdstone? Well, Miss Murdstone in Dickens’ “David Copperfield” embodies all those dominating sisters-in-law, whose sole purpose seems to disarray the placid lives of their almost perfect brother’s totally imperfect wives.Continue reading

Blended Family Problems: Pursuing the Means of Resolution

It is a truth seldom universally acknowledged that some relations best survive apart. Not quite clear? Imagine yourself taking fancy towards nurturing a harmless cat and your mother incurs diphtheria. Blended families suffer pretty much the same predicament. In major cases, middle-aged couples no doubt bring with them years of accumulated maturity; but there also drags with them mostly uninvited, the progeny of past relations. And it is this undiluted heterogeneous mixture that pops up recurrent hiccups of open resentment, aggression, and palpable foreboding that become rigidly nonresponsive to diverse parenting medications.Continue reading

Communication in Marriage: A Quick Look at the Problems and Their Solutions

Familiar with the movie, “What women want?’’ Well, in case no, let’s enlighten you a bit. Mel Gibson in this romantic comedy accidentally succeeds in gaining full access to the intricate thought pattern of a woman’s mind. This, rather bizarre boon enables him to remodel his way of communicating to women, metamorphosing his otherwise sassy, nonchalant ranting to a sophisticated and emphatic one. The outcome? His so called once reputed adversary falls for him head over heels.Continue reading

Teenage Rebellion: Probing Into the Causes and Ways to Handle it

Tagore, in one of his quaint short stories, has poignantly drawn a parallel between a teenager and an unloved stray dog; the point of assimilation strikingly apparent in the helplessness in which both are doomed. Akin to the dog, a teenager in most cases becomes a misfit in his family; his pounding discomforts are a source of perennial nuisance; he is scolded unreasonably at times, his emotions undermined and his barking stamped as rebellion.Continue reading

Selfish Husbands: A Crippling Stigma to a Relation

I have died every day waiting for you

Darling don’t be afraid; I have loved you for a thousand years

As Christina Peri’s  renowned song resonates, we are blissfully drifted into surreal realms of wistful thinking, and our entire being desperately longs to savor in our thirsty souls that coveted emotion called love. Love encompasses a world of myriad passions; be it in the flushes of youth or after. Nonetheless, it determines the blooming of a secured bond that is all the more relevant after marriage.Continue reading

Defiant Child: How to Deal with the Difficulties

Rummaging through the pages of history, one won’t fail to notice that majority of the world’s greatest achievers were essentially strong willed. Jesus Christ rebelled against Roman supremacy and was mercilessly crucified for holding on to his stand of one God; later down the ages, while one marvels at the revolutionary feat of Darwin that unsettled man’s primitive ideas about existence, it again reaffirms Darwin’s indomitable spirit.Continue reading