This year has had its fair share of challenges. We have been spending more time at home with our families and significant others, getting in each other’s faces and spaces 24/7. Most of us know someone who is going through a divorce or a separation or are confronted with difficulties and stress in our own relationships. In this episode, Jessica interviews her husband Brad Gershman to get his take on marriage and growth. Like any other couple, they have had their ups and downs and continue to seek our therapy and professional help to grow individually but as a couple. Brad talks about how he has changed and grown in their marriage and they share what is important to each of them in a happy and successful marriage. The two talk about finding their way around communication and vulnerability, the value of therapy, finding happiness within yourself, and how yoga and transcendental meditation can transform your relationships. Tune in to find out how three little words can change how you show up in your engagement with your partner!
The story of how Jessica and Brad met and their first impressions of each another.
The early challenges they faced with Jessica being young and an instant-stepmom.
Why Jessica never wants to go back to being in her twenties!
The difficulty of creating a harmonious partnership between two individuals.
How our culture works against the commitment required to make a marriage last.
Brad talks about how his views of a good marriage have shifted over the years.
The value of having a therapist as a sounding board to bounce thoughts and feelings off from.
Why we often find it easier to communicate with our friends than with our partner.
The role that socialization and gender roles play in making men shy away from vulnerability.
How you can practice MVE (mirror, validate, and empathy) to improve your relationships.
The importance of being happy in yourself and not basing it on the approval of other people.
Why you have to put yourself first before trying to please and take care of others.
Brad shares what learning about and practicing transcendental meditation meant for him.
The ways in which yoga and transcendental meditation can transform your relationships.
The need for date nights to spend time with your partner and work on the relationship.
© Jessica Gershman, 2021