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Should I Give Up Trying to Find Someone?

Should I Give Up Trying to Find Someone?

by Dr. Randy Gilchrist, LDS Psychologist www.LDSdimension.com (FREE LDS online dating site) Dating in the LDS Singles community can be fraught with emotional and psychological challenges: frustration, anger, sadness, resentment, jealousy, loneliness, self-esteem challenges, disappointment, bitterness, anxiety, guilt, and so on. Perhaps the most common challenge is the routine feeling of frustration over desiring to have someone to date and eventually marry, only to have relationships fail

2017-08-17 Randy Gilchrist Dating, Healthy relationships, Marriage preparation
Overcoming Being Needy or  Clingy in Relationships

Overcoming Being Needy or Clingy in Relationships

by Dr. Randy Gilchrist, LDS Psychologist www.LDSdimension.com (FREE LDS online dating site) As stated in my last article, "to be overly needy or clingy in a relationship is to be overly insecure and desirous of continual reassurance of one's acceptance and desirability". If you have determined you struggle with being needy or clingy and would like to change, I will offer a few ideas here to help you improve. Suggestion 1: Balanced Giving in Relationships If you are giving and trying

2017-08-12 Randy Gilchrist Dating, Healthy relationships, Communication
How LDS Dating Sites Work

How LDS Dating Sites Work

In the LDS singles community, there is an ebb and flow of dating sites that are around. The Catch-22 with any dating site is that it needs a critical mass of people to become useful, and people won’t use it until you have a critical mass, so it is very hard to get new people in at a fast enough pace to keep them interested and coming back. What I am to do in this article is touch briefly on a few and then explain how the 800 pound gorilla in this market segment, LDS Planet, manipulates you into

2017-08-12 Shawn Gordon Dating
Are You Needy or Clingy in Relationships?

Are You Needy or Clingy in Relationships?

by Dr. Randy Gilchrist, LDS Psychologist www.LDSdimension.com (FREE LDS online dating site) To be overly needy or clingy in a relationship is to be overly insecure and desirous of continual reassurance of one's acceptance and desirability. Such an approach to relationships may seem somewhat attractive or "cute" at first, but over time this tendency will wear thin and eventually repel the other partner. Neediness and clinginess will often drain a relationship over time until there is no more

2017-08-07 Randy Gilchrist Healthy relationships
My "White Paper" on LDS Singles

My "White Paper" on LDS Singles

In 2013 I was newly single and got heavily involved in the singles scene in church and was looking for ways to improve it at all levels as part of magnifying my calling as the Ward Singles Rep. I put together this set of notes, which doesn't really read like an article, but has a lot of useful information in it for all sorts of people. I've shared it with many other singles reps in the church since the time I wrote it and everyone has gotten a benefit from it. Please enjoy. Overview The

2017-07-30 Shawn Gordon Understanding men, Understanding women, Dating, Healthy relationships, Marriage preparation
Eliminating Relational Cynicism

Eliminating Relational Cynicism

by Dr. Randy Gilchrist, LDS Psychologist www.LDSdimension.com (FREE LDS online dating site) Cynicism is defined as "an inclination to believe that people are motivated purely by self-interest self-interest; skepticism" (source: Google dictionary). After suffering months, years, even decades of relational failures, frustrations, and pain; after suffer letdowns, breakups, even divorces, it can be quite easy and natural to become cynical about the opposite sex and relationships in general. We

2017-07-21 Randy Gilchrist Healthy relationships
THE GOSPEL AND DIVORCEES

THE GOSPEL AND DIVORCEES

By Guest Columnist Jeff Teichert I want to make an observation about the effect I have seen of divorce on many midsingles' relationship to the Church and their spirituality. Like any generalization, there are plenty of exceptions and it does not perfectly describe any situation. I have seen many divorced members of the Church falling into one of two camps: First is the group that believes they bought a pig in a poke. They believed they were told if they stayed active in Church, paid

2017-07-17 Shawn Gordon Spirituality
Coping with Loneliness

Coping with Loneliness

by Dr. Randy Gilchrist, LDS Psychologist www.LDSdimension.com (FREE LDS online dating site) "…It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him" (Genesis 2:18). It is not good that man or woman should be alone, in fact. Built into us as people is an innate, physical, spiritual, and emotional need to have someone. To marry, to share your life with that special someone. And when we don't have that special someone, it is very common to feel lonely. To long and

2017-07-14 Randy Gilchrist Psychological health
Understanding Masculinity and Femininity

Understanding Masculinity and Femininity

"And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him…Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh" (Genesis 2:18, 24). A strong case is made from the beginning that we, as men and women, need companionship with each other. Men are women compliment and complete each other. Masculine/feminine, male/female, man/woman, the two genders were meant to be together. Because

2017-06-29 Randy Gilchrist Understanding men, Understanding women, Healthy relationships
Gender Roles and Differences:  Knowledge is Power

Gender Roles and Differences: Knowledge is Power

by Dr. Randy Gilchrist, LDS Psychologist www.LDSdimension.com (FREE LDS online dating site) In today's world, modern philosophy and attitudes on gender roles and differences can be basically deduced to the idea that "men and women are the same, we have just had some different socialization (environmental learning). However, as a clinical psychologist, as a marriage & family therapy and as a fellow LDS member, I know that this is a false concept. A "philosophy of man". Men and women are

2017-06-25 Randy Gilchrist
Physical Chemistry--How Important Is It?

Physical Chemistry--How Important Is It?

by Dr. Randy Gilchrist, LDS Psychologist www.LDSdimension.com (FREE LDS online dating site) Physical "chemistry" in a relationship sense can be loosely thought of as "spark", "connection", "butterflies", "infatuation", "physical attraction", "hormones", "clicking together", and so on. I am regularly asked how important I think chemistry is in a dating and married relationship. The answer to the question is both simple and complex at the same time. Simply put, physical chemistry is very

2017-06-14 Randy Gilchrist Dating, Healthy relationships
Is He or She the Right One?

Is He or She the Right One?

So, you're dating a fellow member of the church. Check. They seem pretty nice and together. Check. So, is he or she the right one? Should I marry them? Or, is it all wrong? Maybe I should break up with them. I don't want to make the wrong decision. How can I know for sure? If any of these questions sound familiar, you are not alone. Making the decision on whether to marry someone you are steadily dating is a very important one. In fact, President Gordon B. Hinckley has said that marriage “will

2017-06-11 Randy Gilchrist
Rescuing, Fixing, and Saving in Relationships

Rescuing, Fixing, and Saving in Relationships

by Dr. Randy Gilchrist, LDS Psychologist www.LDSdimension.com (FREE LDS online dating site) One tendency that commonly manifests in relationships, especially LDS relationships is an unbalanced combination of one side rescuing, fixing, and saving, and the other side needing the rescuing, fixing, and saving. Some on the surface might assume, "what's wrong with that?" Well, in short, over time this discrepancy over time makes for more of an unbalanced, parent-child kind of relationship where

2017-06-05 Randy Gilchrist Healthy relationships
Men and Women--Meant to Be Together

Men and Women--Meant to Be Together

by Dr. Randy Gilchrist, LDS Psychologist www.LDSdimension.com (FREE LDS online dating site) I always end my LDS dating articles with the scripture from Paul that "…neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord" (1 Corinthians 11:11). And it's true. In today's world, there is a common thought that being single is fine, acceptable, normal, even preferred over being married together as husband and wife. However, this is not the Lord's way. Here are a

2017-05-21 Randy Gilchrist Dating, Healthy relationships, Marriage preparation, Spirituality
Pornography and Men

Pornography and Men

by Dr. Randy Gilchrist, LDS Psychologist www.LDSdimension.com (FREE LDS online dating site) Today, access to pornographic material is as easy as turning on your internet carrying device and pushing a few key strokes. And then immediately you have access to millions and millions of pornographic sites all over the world. In our LDS church, men are in many was especially susceptible to pornography, as more severe sexual outlets involving live person to person interaction outside of marriage

2017-05-15 Randy Gilchrist Understanding men, Healthy relationships
Successful Marriages Are Those That…

Successful Marriages Are Those That…

This is a topic that I could write a great many things about and make many points. However, I choose to focus on a few points that I have found are very important. John Gottman is understood to be the world's leading expert in marriage and marital research from the University of Washington. For decades he and his research team have been studying couples in his "Love Lab": his research facility to video tape, record, and track and code behavioral interactions between couples. With this

2017-05-07 Randy Gilchrist Healthy relationships, Marriage preparation