Murphy's Love: 
Advice on Love & Relationships

This monthly advice column has been running in The Georgetowner newspaper since 2010. The following articles were originally published by Georgetown Media Group and may be read anytime here.

Entries in relationships (16)


Hit On By Her Friends' Husbands

This question came from a married woman who is baffled by the come-ons from three separate married male friends. The letter gave me a chance to revisit sex and relationship researcher Esther Perel's study of "happy couples" from which at least one partner has had an affair. Her conclusion is that something besides lust drives the affairs. Take a look at her TED Talks here and read my full column here.


Afraid of Her Past

The writer of this week's question is worried that her past history with men could come back to haunt her in new relationships. My take? She's being pretty hard on herself. Take a look at my opinion here.


'The One'

The question about how we know when we've finally found "the one" comes up in therapy and in my column on a regular basis. This makes sense because we, as humans, are made for relationship and our culture offers so many indications that if you aren't in a relationship, the problem is you. This question considers the lack of lightening bolts in everyday life. Read the whole article here.


Critical Catch-22

Her New Year's resolution is to do relationships differently - and she's starting by looking at her own habit of criticizing others. Read the whole article here.


Friends with Benefits

Is it a good idea for two lonely people to move in together just to save some money? Check out my take here.