Like an overly protective sibling, the mind has a knack for getting in the way. It's especially true when we're most vulnerable, and few things make us feel more vulnerable than love. Luckily, overly protective minds can be managed. Read More
Single or in a relationship, Valentine's Day often flings daggers of loneliness, not the gentle arrows of Cupid. It can feel a little like an episode of "Survivor" — are you (or your relationship) surviving? Thriving? Or getting voted off the island? Read More
Nothing is more romantic than restraint in the face of passionate love, as we know from many movies and TV shows—perhaps none more so than the current BBC/PBS hit "Downton Abbey." But what can this tell us about the struggles of the self-loathing and those that they love? Read More
Helen Keller once wrote: “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.” As we navigate through challenging times toward a better future, it’s useful to visit some tried and true ideas regarding life hardiness and resiliency. Read More
Hi Irene, My friend and I used to be really close, however, I live at least an hour away and I can't drive. We've slowly drifted apart, she answers calls less, responds to messages less, and we talk a whole lot less. Read More
Providing support to someone, while usually well-intentioned, can make the person getting the support feel incompetent and burdensome. Niall Bolger and his colleagues have investigated whether are there different types of support that are associated with positive vs. negative outcomes. Read More
Sexual boredom and the lack of erotic fire is the main reason why some people reach outside of their long term relationship even though they are still happy on all other levels with their partner.
Dear Dr. Alasko: After my fifteen year marriage ended in divorce a year ago, I've been on a few dates with J., who I really like. He's new to the area and is setting up a professional office. But he seems to have some financial complications and gets irritated whenever money comes into the picture. Even paying for dinner can be stressful. Read More
Yahoo! Shine asked me if the science of willpower could be applied to a romantic addiction. Can research on other bad habits help you break the "ex" habit and move on for good? Never one to shy away from a willpower challenge, here's my best advice. Read More
A Washington Post reporter talks at length with single men and women past a certain age who wanted to marry but never did. Rather than hearing tales of woe, she discovers that they have lived, as one woman put it, a “full, rich, interesting life.” Read More
Parenting, someone once said, is the art of getting kids to do what you want them to do, and getting them to stop doing things you don't want them to do. These three ways of playing can fill your basket of parenting tricks with potent fun strategies.