“Swoon” Show Notes: Episode #14 – Born This Way – What Straight People Need to Learn from Queer Relationships

Jeff Guenther, MS, LPC on Jun 16, 2019 in Swoon

Happy Pride Month! In this episode Gina and Julie celebrate queer relationships! They also discuss research that highlights some of the wonderful things we can learn from gay and lesbian relationships.

This episode covers:

  • This month we are celebrating pride! We're excited to share some of the things we admire about queer folks and queer relationships.
  • A 12 year year study of gay and lesbian relationships that highlights 4 main areas of strength
    • Collaboration around division of labor
    • Navigating conflict
    • Creativity and communication about sex
    • Trustworthiness and stability (especially in lesbian relationships)

                          Resources Shared in This Episode

                          Gottman Research
                          Gottman 12 year study

                          Action Steps from the Podcast

                          Look at the Four Areas of Strengths that we covered in this episode. Here are some questions for you to explore in your relationship.

                          How have we been intentional about our role-sharing in our relationship?

                          How could we build in more humility or humor around our conflicts and work on not taking things so personally?

                          How could we explore more creativity or more communication in our sex life?

                          Are there things we could do to build more trustworthiness or stability in our partnership?

                            Your Swoon hosts

                            Gina Senarighi, MS, MA, CPC is a sexuality counselor and communication consultant specializing in healthy boundaries, passionate relationships, jealousy, and infidelity. She supports non-traditional couples all over the world as a retreat leader and certified relationship coach.
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                            Julie Jeske, LPC is a sex and relationship counselor. She has a private practice where she helps clients increase intimacy, ignite passion and deepen their connection to themselves and others. Julie especially loves to help women discover who they are sexually. Through counseling, online classes, or in-person retreats; her clients learn how to talk about their sexual and relationship desires, and explore ways to make them a reality.
                            Connect with Julie

                            Jeff Guenther is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR.

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