Principle 1: Enhance Your Love Map

The more you are familiar with your partner, the more intimacy happens. This is called having a love map of your partner. This helps maintain intimacy, and better prepares one to deal with stressful evens and conflict. Life-cycle transitions (=inherent stressors), such as bringing in children into the family, are also better handled as the couple are “in touch”.  Those who do not have an adequate love map experience a drop in intimacy in the couple relationship with transition to parenthood.

Tools to improve love maps

  1. love map questionnaire: Self-assessment to see how much the person really knows his/her partner.
  2. Exercises in this book:
  • love-map 20 question game’ -asking the partner to think of the things important to the asking partner.
  • ‘make your own love maps’: filling in info about partner’s:
  1. People of partner’s life -(friends, potential friends, rivals/enemies)
  2. Recent important events in partner’s life
  3. Upcoming events
  4. Partner’s current stresses
  5. Partner’s current stresses, worries
  6. Partner’s hopes, aspirations

‘who am I’– self-exploration exercise to allow you and your partner to build better love maps. This exercise looks at:

  • My triumphs and strivings
  • My injuries and healing
  • My emotional world
  • My mission and legacy
  • Who I want to become

Nishan Foundation focuses on providing the most effective, evidence-based treatment, exceeding expectations by paying close attention to four key therapeutic principles

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