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Relationships with Dr. Rebecca Jankovich

THURSDAYS DURING FRESH AIR

Dr. Jankovich's Relationship Minute airs Thursdays during Fresh Air, between 2:37 and 2:47 p.m.

Dr. Jankovich has been working as a psychologist since 1974. She works with a range of problems including relationships, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, grief, trauma, and struggles with life transitions. Rebecca practices what she preaches to not burn out by leaving the office to ride equine races with her horses, and travel the world.

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New Year’s Eve, time to look back on the year, and forward to the future.

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The Holidays can be a difficult time because of the expectations that all should be good in your life.

Children playing on teeter-totter.
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What I’m about to say does not apply to people in relationships in which physical, verbal or emotional abuse occurs.

Thanksgiving feast spread out on dining room table.
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Today is a time to consider what makes you grateful.

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It is a wrenching decision whether you bail your child out of jail.

Child biting his nails.
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It’s hard to know when your child’s behavior is out of the ordinary. 

Man and woman sitting on stools at a table talking.
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There’s an art in how to listen to someone talking, whether it be telling a story or discussing a problem. 

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Resiliency is being able to adapt to whatever happens, as opposed to reacting to changes with anger, hopelessness or despair. 

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Dr. Barrett, a neuroscientist, reported in the New York Times (‘PMS is not just a cliché’. NYT, 6/8/2019) that Premenstrual Syndrome is a real, biological event for some women; the hormonal changes prior to flow of menses, cause women with PMS to experience more intense and negative emotions. 

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I worked with a couple having an intense fight.

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It feels so good to be right…so good that you want to say “I told you so” when what you predicted, comes true.  

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When you’re divorced and your Ex dies, the rituals of grief can be awkward. 

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Couples may argue over politics. One is conservative and the other liberal. Discussing differences of opinion can help you understand your partner’s beliefs and know them better.

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It’s difficult to adjust to a divorce if you’ve been married since you were in your 20’s, and your life has been centered around family and work.

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Clients ask what they can do to care less about whether people like them.

Elder hands resting on top of a book.
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When a loved one has dementia, you go through stages of acceptance.

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The New York Times suggests before sending your teenager to college, teach them financial basics.

Emotions are complex but not always rational.

When you are not the one who wanted the divorce, getting through losing your marriage is much harder than if you’re the one who wanted the divorce.  

In my office partners complain about their person being on the phone rather than paying attention to them.  It’s not just teenagers who are glued to their phones. 

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