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  • Writer's pictureMarie Murphy

23: Deciding to End a Commitment

Updated: Nov 16, 2022

Dr. Marie Murphy

Dr. Marie Murphy is a Relationship Coach, specializing in helping people who are having affairs make decisions on how to move forward—without judgment. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology with an emphasis in Sexuality from the University of California, San Diego, and has been teaching sex education since her high school years. Dr. Murphy is also a yoga instructor and has previously taught meditation.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Dr. Marie Murphy talks about how commitments are celebrated in our society—and how quitters are vilified

  • The common ways Dr. Murphy sees commitments being over-glorified in her coaching practice

  • How to approach the concept of commitment without equating change to failure

  • Dr. Murphy opens up about how her past goals and commitments left her feeling trapped

  • What are the fears that are holding you back from making a change?

  • Dr. Murphy shares the lessons she learned from her experience and how they inform her coaching practice today

In this episode…

What power do commitments hold over your life? Are they positive, negative, or something to fear? And, once you commit, do you feel like you have to stick with it, regardless of the cost? What if the price you pay is your own happiness?

Commitments are highly valued in our society, and they can be a powerful tool to help us achieve our goals. But what if we’ve committed to an outdated version of our wants and needs? For many, commitments are seen as something we’re obliged to stick with, whether it’s in our best interest or not. So, how do we redefine commitment in a way that allows us to reap its rewards without limiting our potential happiness?

In this episode of Your Secret is Safe With Me, Dr. Marie Murphy shares how a commitment she made early on in her life caused her to feel miserable and trapped—and how she finally found the courage to overcome her fears and make a change. Dr. Murphy discusses how to stop equating change with failure, the various ways commitment is over-glorified in society, and why there is no magic reward for sticking to a commitment that no longer serves you. Stay tuned!

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