Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Is He Mr Right, or just Mr Right Now?

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If your relationship is in turmoil, a new book says in just six easy steps you can work out whether he's Mr Right, 

or just Mr Right Now.

January is often a time when we re-evaluate our life. Chances are that if you’re in a relationship or marriage that’s not always fulfilling, you might be wondering whether it’s going to last. Here, psychologist and marital therapist Beverley Stone explains how her six-step programme can help anyone resolve such a dilemma.
There are all kinds of reasons why a relationship can get into trouble or start to fail — just as there are lots of reasons why people start to think about leaving their partner.
Perhaps you’ve been together for several years but wonder whether he’s really the man for you. You may be worrying about your biological clock and whether you’ll find someone better in time to have a baby.
Should I stay of should I go? January is often a time for re-evaluation... which could mean getting out of an unfulfiling relationshipShould I stay of should I go? January is often a time for re-evaluation... which could mean getting out of an unfulfilling
Maybe your children have flown the nest and you’re unsure what really binds you together. Maybe you’re with someone who’s making you miserable and undermining your confidence. Or you’re having an affair and are no longer in love with the person you live with.
Whatever the scenario, ending a failing partnership or instigating changes in an unhappy relationship can be incredibly difficult, often requiring weeks, months — even years — of tortured indecision.
I have seen many women — and men — lose a big part of themselves by staying too long in unhappy relationships. The ‘should I stay or should I go?’ conundrum leaves them suffering symptoms of stress, such as palpitations, sleeplessness, exhaustion and headaches.
Finding the strength to turn around and leave an unhappy partnership can be very hard. But if you don’t face up to the challenge and take some risks, you’ll never get out of the vicious cycle — and your life will remain unsatisfying. In fact, it can get worse as you become increasingly angry or depressed that the time you have to enjoy a better life is running out.
You may feel trapped by indecision, but if you work through my six-step programme it should help you to start making concrete choices. Should you move on, or should you work to improve things and stay with your partner? Your decision starts here.

Step 1: Start being yourself, not the person everyone else wants you to be

Moving on: Russell Brand and Katy Perry have reevaluated their relationship and decided they would be better off apart
Moving on: Russell Brand and Katy Perry have reevaluated their relationship and decided they would be better off apart.
Do you often stop yourself saying what you really think because you know that the people around you won’t like it? If your partner asks you to do something you don’t want to do, do you give in, just for a quiet life?
Habitually hiding your opinions and needs to please others will eventually have an impact on your self-respect, happiness and even your very existence. Whether you stay in your relationship or go, if you’re to live the life you want to lead, you’re going to have to start doing things differently. 
To find out if your relationship has any potential, you need to experiment with new behaviour and agree with your partner that you’ll start telling each other what’s really on your minds in a calm, rational way. If your relationship rebalances itself then that’s great.
If, on the other hand, your being authentic makes your incompatibility with your partner even more obvious, then it’s time to leave. 

Step 2: Don’t worry what others think

Whatever anyone else says, thinks or does, it’s important to realise that it’s your decision alone. For example, if a friend implies your decision to leave your husband is immoral, you can laugh because you think she’s stupid, cry because you value her opinion of you, or shrug indifferently because her opinion means nothing to you.
Alternatively, you can consider it as an interesting point of view.
Choosing to consider people’s opinions merely as their point of view will help to dissipate some of the crippling anxiety you feel about your situation and help you to remain logical and calm. You’ll be in a better position to resolve the difficulties between you and your partner that way.

Step 3: Resolve your split personality

When it comes to making difficult decisions, two conflicting inner voices usually come into play, which makes it doubly difficult to settle on what to do.
First, there’s Confident You, the positive, encouraging, risk-taking side of your personality that tells you that whatever happens, whatever decision you take, things can only turn out for the best.
But then there’s Cautious You, the voice that tells you that you might be making a big mistake, that your situation is hopeless.
When you’re not conscious of this inner conflict, your thoughts tend to vacillate between that part of you that wants to ‘fly’ and the part of you that ‘nails your foot to the floor’ by telling you that you are not up to it.
No longer together: 
Katherine Jenkins and Gethin Jones have also recently announced 
their engagement is off.
To dissipate inner conflict, allow the Cautious You to speak to the Confident You. Take a piece of paper and start writing. Let Confident You begin with the words, ‘I resent the fact that you . . .’ When Confident You has finished the point, write Cautious You’s response. Keep this dialogue going until you’ve covered all your negative and positive thoughts about your situation, and it comes to a natural conclusion. You’ll find the two extreme points of view quickly merge into a mutual understanding and you’ll have clarity.

Step 4: You’re not as trapped as you think you are

Have I convinced you that you can start taking steps towards making a logical decision about your situation? Or are you still paralysed by the fear of rocking the boat, of being alone, or finding somewhere else to live?
To help you jump your fourth hurdle — to be aware that you always have a choice and that you’re not as trapped as you think you are — try telling yourself, ‘You can do anything with your life. You can even change your name and move to California.’
When I offer this statement to my clients who are struggling with their relationships, their replies are predictable. They say something like: ‘I can’t do that. I’ve got a partner and two children to support.’
Well,’ I say, ‘you can put your two children in care and divorce your partner.’ At which my clients look horrified and respond: ‘I can’t do that.’

In your face

80 per cent of men believe break-ups should be done face to face, according to Cosmopolitan magazine.
But I tell them they can. People do both, don’t they? So try saying the sentence again using the words ‘I won’t’ rather than ‘I can’t’. After a little resistance, they try, ‘I won’t put my kids in care and divorce my partner.’
It’s remarkable how the atmosphere changes as my clients begin to realise no one’s coercing them to support their family. They choose to. They want to.
When you think like this you’ll see that the prison you thought you were incarcerated in is actually of your own construction. You can leave any situation at any time — if you really want to. 
On realising this, and buoyed by their new-found sense of freedom, many people decide to stay in their relationships in a more genuine, involved way.
Equally, if they decide to leave, by changing their ‘can’t’ to ‘won’t’ — they see that they have genuine choices. You’re never as trapped as you think you are.
Step 5: Live by your own values
Still don’t know how to make your decision to stay or leave? Maybe you’re continuing to expect an ultimate rescuer to provide you with an instant solution.
Well, there is no absolute answer, no right or wrong, no higher authority to which you can turn, I’m afraid. There is no right answer.
Your job is to be you. You cannot continue to be forever trying to live up to other people’s values, standards and expectations. So stop being afraid of getting it ‘wrong’. Waiting for the perfect way to leave or the perfect way to speak your mind can result in putting things off until tomorrow. 
Step 6: Consider what you’d do if you knew you had only six months to live
What would you do with the rest of your life if you were given just six months to live?
You’d certainly be clearer about what you valued and wanted; you’d be able to decide and act. If you chose to continue in your relationship you’d challenge and change everything that bugs you. You wouldn’t be worrying about the discomfort of a couple of evenings arguing.
And, if you decided you wanted to finish the relationship, you wouldn’t hesitate to leave. Either decision would be easy because you would have ‘nothing left to lose’.
Considering the prospect of having just six months left is a good way to put things into perspective, clarify your values and encourage you to do what’s important to you, rather than getting it ‘right’ in other people’s eyes.
Life is too short to be in an unhappy situation. So begin your journey to move or improve your relationship now. 
Adapted from Stay Or Leave? Six Steps To Resolving Your Relationship Indecision by Beverley Stone, published by Watkins at £8.99. 

We wondered what Katie Price 

saw in him. Now, we know!

Leandro Penna flaunts his physique as he signs up with London modeling agency

He is a hunky Argentinian best known for his relationship with Katie Price. But Leandro Penna is trying to become a star in his own right in the UK. He has signed to a London agency and the 26-year-old is hoping these pictures will do the trick.
Cashing in: Katie Price's ex Leandro Penna shows off his toned physique as he signs with London modelling agency, Nevs
He stripped off in a risque photo shoot for Nevs Men, 
showing off his hot, toned physique.

Moving on: The 26-year-old has had small roles in cheesy TV shoes in his home country, but is hoping to capitalize on his relationship with the glamour model in London
Leandro, pictured above, is featured on a website he created with Price, which includes a bevy of other hunks, with all his measurements, eye and hair colour listed. Before meeting  Katie, 33 and mother-of-three, Leandro had small parts in a few cheesy TV shows in his native Argentina. The couple were together for about seven months, and even got each other's names tattooed on their bodies.
It's over: The pair were together for seven months and even got tattoos of each others names on their body
Now, it's all over. Penna and Price have since split. Still, the relationship served as a springboard to both their careers. Penna has become an instant celebrity - thanks to Price. And, Price garnered plenty of exposure because of her cougarish pursuits. Brief as it might have been, she obviously enjoyed all the benefits of playing with this boy toy.                                                 Via The Daily Mail 

I believe this is what is meant by 

"mixing business with pleasure." - Nealbo

What lies beneath...

Sometimes, it's just best 

to cut your losses...

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...and get the Hell outta Dodge.

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