See All Stories In

Reading The Opposite Sex

Can men and women ever understand each other?

Empathy

All About Empathy

Empathy is the experience of understanding another person's condition from their perspective. You place yourself in their shoes and feel what they are feeling. Empathy is known to increase prosocial (helping) behaviors. While American culture might be socializing people into becoming more individualistic rather than empathic, research has uncovered the existence of "mirror neurons," which react to emotions expressed by others and then reproduce them.



Find a nearby professional for face-to-face help

Current Issue

Let It Go!

It can take a radical reboot to get past old hurts and injustices.

Relationships Blogs

  • E. Kay Trimberger

    Adoption Diaries

    Adult relationships in adoptive families.
  • Sean M. Horan, Ph.D.

    Adventures in Dating

    A savvy guide to courtship and communication.
  • Rachel Pruchno, Ph.D.

    All in the Family

    Mental Illness and Caregiving Across the Generations
  • Jeremy Sherman

    Ambigamy

    Insights for the deeply romantic and deeply skeptical
  • Avidan Milevsky, Ph.D.

    Band of Brothers, and Sisters

    The most lasting and enduring of relationships.
  • Amie Gordon

    Between You and Me

    Why some relationships work—and others don't
  • Rob Kendall

    Blamestorming

    Why Conversations Go Wrong and How to Fix Them
  • Gwendolyn Seidman

    Close Encounters

    From close relationships to online behavior