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  • Writer's pictureMarie Murphy

5: Decision-Making and Your Power to Choose

Updated: Nov 15, 2022

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:

  • How Dr. Marie Murphy approaches the stigma around infidelity, starting with the word itself

  • The good/bad binary and how this can inhibit your decision-making

  • Dr. Murphy’s process for helping clients make choices

  • The importance of exhaustive and honest list-making

  • Giving yourself permission to do something that others might not approve of

  • Dr. Murphy’s question for people who have been putting off making a difficult decision: how good can you stand it?

In this episode…

Think about the last time you were in a difficult situation. How did you maneuver it? Were you ultimately able to choose how to move forward? And most importantly: was the decision you made in your own best interest?

There’s a lot that goes into our decision-making process—probably more than we realize. When you’re operating in the gray area of what’s “right” and what’s “wrong,” it can be hard to separate how the choices you make will be perceived from how they will actually make you feel. In these situations, Dr. Marie Murphy has one question for you: how good can you stand it?

On this episode of Your Secret is Safe with Me, Dr. Marie Murphy sits down with John Corcoran, the Co-founder of Rise25, to talk about making decisions. They discuss how the lack of a gray area between “good” and “bad” can get in the way of making healthy choices for yourself. Dr. Murphy also shares her process for helping her clients through tough decision-making and her tips for how to choose what’s right for you—regardless of what anyone else thinks. Keep listening.

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Dr. Marie Murphy provides shame-free, blame-free, and non-judgmental relationship coaching. She draws from different philosophical traditions and approaches in order to better understand the human condition and the different types of professional assistance that can be germane to people in complicated relationship situations.

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