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150: Remarriage Rehab - Part 2 Reducing Cognitive Distortions

The Remarried Life

Release Date: 07/07/2020

163: Are You a Politically Mismatched Couple? show art 163: Are You a Politically Mismatched Couple?

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Brian Mayer talks about times have changed where the politics of the day have become much about how much hate and venom we can spew at one another. Are you and your spouse politically mismatched? Let’s talk about this today and some ways to handle keeping the powder keg from exploding. We hope you are inspired by today’s message. For more information and additional resources please visit our website at http://www.theremarriedlife.com

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162:  Stop Trying to Change What Goes on in the Other House show art 162: Stop Trying to Change What Goes on in the Other House

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Brian Mayer talks about how often we want our ex-spouse to change how they handle all sorts of issues from dinner time, to bedtimes, to homework versus play time, and on the list goes. However, we can often find this doesn’t really get us anywhere and just leaves us more and more frustrated. We will talk about this issue in the life of blended families. We hope you are inspired by today’s message. For more information and additional resources please visit our website at http://www.theremarriedlife.c

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161:  Remarriage and Mental Health show art 161: Remarriage and Mental Health

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160: Do the Opposite in Your Remarriage For One Week show art 160: Do the Opposite in Your Remarriage For One Week

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Brian Mayer talks about doing the same things over and over again sometimes doesn’t produce the result we want in our blended family. So let’s take a look at everything we are doing that is not working and do the opposite for one week. Let’s call it an experiment. We hope you are inspired by today’s message. For more information and additional resources please visit our website at http://www.theremarriedlife.com

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159: Have You Fallen Out of Love or Is It Something Else? show art 159: Have You Fallen Out of Love or Is It Something Else?

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Brian Mayer talks about how the longer we stay in a relationship we can often wonder the changes in how we feel toward our partner mean we don’t love them any longer or is it that we have just moved into a different stage of relationship. We hope you are inspired by today’s message. For more information and additional resources please visit our website at http://www.theremarriedlife.com

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158: Are You Only Staying in Your Marriage for the Kids? show art 158: Are You Only Staying in Your Marriage for the Kids?

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Brian Mayer talks about staying in an unhappy and unhealthy marriage because you don’t want your kids and stepkids to have to deal with another life altering change. Look I clearly get why you would do this and feel this but ultimately is it the right thing to do? We will talk about this important subject for blended families today. We hope you are inspired by today’s message. For more information and additional resources please visit our website at http://www.theremarriedlife.com

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157: Can You Be Friends With Your Ex? show art 157: Can You Be Friends With Your Ex?

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Brian Mayer talks about the possibilities of staying friends with your ex-spouse. And we don’t just mean friends, but can you actually be friends and stay in each other’s lives as friends. After all there are current spouse’s feelings and what the kids may or may not thinking about this to consider. We hope you are inspired by today’s message. For more information and additional resources please visit our website at http://www.theremarriedlife.com

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156: The Rashomon Effect on Your Remarriage show art 156: The Rashomon Effect on Your Remarriage

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Brian Mayer talks about the myth of perception becoming reality. We can often get stuck into believing the way we saw or experienced an event or an issue is the only way or the right way. Today we will talk about the Rashomon effect which is a term often used to describe how eyewitness accounts of an event can often be unreliable. We hope you are inspired by today’s message. For more information and additional resources please visit our website at http://www.theremarriedlife.com

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155: COVID-19 Differences With Your Ex-Spouse show art 155: COVID-19 Differences With Your Ex-Spouse

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Brian Mayer talks about how in this emotionally charged time we live in, how we can best handle differences in beliefs and feelings on the COVID-19 pandemic that could affect our children. This can be extremely difficult to work through especially if you both have rigid beliefs. We will talk about this issue and give some practical help in this area. We hope you are inspired by today’s message. For more information and additional resources please visit our website at http://www.theremarriedlife.com

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154: What is Emotional Infidelity? show art 154: What is Emotional Infidelity?

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Brian Mayer talks emotional infidelity. This is a very cloudy topic that many people don’t have a good handle on. With physical or sexual infidelity, the issue is very clear because it involves something that can be clearly seen. Today we will talk about how best to understand when this is an issue that needs to be dealt with in your relationship. We hope you are inspired by today’s message. For more information and additional resources please visit our website at http://www.theremarriedlife.com

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Brian Mayer welcomes you to this 3 part series on renovating your remarriage.  In part 1, we discuss how to be more aware of past issues that might be driving our reactions.  In part 2, we discuss how our thought processes, distortions, and biases play a role in our connection.  In part 3 we will discuss implementing new behaviors to complete the renovation.  We hope you are inspired by today’s message.  For more information and additional resources please visit our website at http://www.theremarriedlife.com

Today's Goodies

  • Getting married again is not easy.  In fact I would say it is probably much more difficult to sustain a good marriage the next time around than it was the first time.  We often think we have learned from our mistakes and will do better the next time, but that is more often not the case. 
  • You may be even in another marriage that feels like it is heading in the wrong direction or even getting close to divorce.  Again you are not alone and this is an extremely common place to be. 
  • In this 3 part series, that we are calling Remarriage Rehab we are going to talk through steps to help get your remarriage not only back on track but pushed to a much healthier place than you ever thought it could go. 
  • Now a couple of thoughts before we jump in today’s session.  It was be highly beneficial if both you and your partner listened to these episodes together because you will get to your destination if you both are paddling together.  Of course marriages and relationship can change with just one person paddling, but it can be a bit of a slower process. 
  • Secondly, if you are dealing any kind of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse then your safety of course trumps any of what we are going to talk about in this series.  So if that is the case, I want you to address any safety issues first but getting help from the appropriate authorities first. 
  • All this being said, if your safety is assured then hopefully what we discuss over the next 3 sessions will be simple yet extremely powerful in moving you remarriage to a more healthy place. 
  • In Remarriage Rehab Part 2, we will talk today about how cognitive distortions can filter the way we view something that is happening and can change our reaction in a more negative way. 
  • You might be asking what a cognitive distortion is.  Well first before we describe what it is, you should know that we all have them to some degree or another because we are humans and imperfect. 
  • A cognitive distortion is often described as a way of thinking that is often inaccurate and also tends toward being negatively biased.  There are lots of cognitive distortions and we will go over a few of the more common ones now. 
    • Overgeneralization means that we reach a broad conclusion base on something occurring once or maybe even just a few times.  For example, if you and your spouse constantly argue about money, it maybe become so overwhelming that you start thinking you disagree about everything. 
    • Catastrophizing is assuming the worst when faced with something that is unknown.  Often our minds will go down a rabbit trail and eventually down the rabbit hole that a worse case scenario is going to happen. 
    • Personalization means that you are attributing blame for something entirely toward yourself or you could be blaming someone else.  An example, might be something like blaming yourself and how bad of a person you for not cooking dinner one night.  When in fact maybe there were all sorts of issues contributing to dinner not being able to be made. 
    • Labeling is somewhat similar to personalization.  It occurs when say we mess something up, and we start to say we are a bad person.  Or maybe we get into too many arguments and we start saying our spouse is a jerk for example. 
  • There are many more cognitive distortions but those are just a few that pop up in relationships. 
  • So what do we do with these.  Let’s talk about 3 practical things you can do to limit the effect on your life. 
    • First, you must work to become aware that this is a possibility.  A good way to do this is to notice or become aware of your thoughts and how you are processing what you are perceiving.   
    • Second notice if your mood has shifted negatively.  Are you feeling anxiety, anger, or fear for example.  If this is the case it may very well be that a cognitive distortion is occurring. 
    • Finally, can you allow your mind to think about alternative possibilities.  The best example for doing this is assigning what you think the motivation is behind why someone is doing something.  Often we get the motivation completely incorrect. 
  • It takes time to recognize when we are mentally in a somewhat distorted place but the more you do it the easier it will be. 
  • We look forward to discussing installing new behaviors in our next session.    

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As always remember that marriage is not something you have, it is something you do.  Talk to you next week unless you are binge listening in the future in which case I will talk to you in about a minute!  Take care.