All About Marriage

Marriage is the process by which two people make their relationship public, official, and permanent. It is the joining of two people in a bond that putatively lasts until death, but in practice is increasingly cut short by divorce. Over the course of a relationship that can last as many as seven or eight decades, a lot happens. Personalities change, bodies age, and romantic love waxes and wanes. And no marriage is free of conflict. What enables a couple to endure is how they handle that conflict. So how do you manage the problems that inevitably arise? And how can you keep the spark alive?

Recent posts on Marriage

Gratitude and the Nurturing of Relationships

When we feel and express gratitude, it can cause a chain reaction of reciprocal good deeds which reinforces feelings of appreciation between those in the relationship.

Want To Hurt Your Relationship? Here's A Quick And Fast Way!

You can hurt your relationship when a bad memory arises in a new situation. But trying to improve your relationship can have contradictory results.

Effective Communication During Relationship Conflict

By David Ludden Ph.D. on March 29, 2017 in Talking Apes
No communication style works in all cases. Instead, we need to tailor our approach to the specifics of the situation.

Don’t Get Talked Out of Being the Person You Really Are

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on March 29, 2017 in Living Single
What should you do if you find yourself wishing that you were living some other way?

Why Choose a Parenting Marriage?

Find out what people trying a Parenting Marriage are hoping for and what they are considering putting it into practice.

5 Tips for Feeling More Secure in Your Relationship

Is your partner needy and insecure, or is it you?

The Unexpected Loneliness of New Mothers

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on March 28, 2017 in The Squeaky Wheel
Loneliness might be the last thing new mothers expect to feel, but it is far more common than we realize.
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Are You Ready to Give?

Rule number one that I learned early on in my marriage: Never presume.

Prejudice Toward Relationships

By Holly Parker, Ph.D. on March 27, 2017 in Your Future Self
Relationships can face prejudice too, as society also passes judgment on couples whose pairing falls outside the lines of what it defines as customary and appropriate.

Why Are Indians Ashamed Of Their Happy Arranged Marriages?

The arranged marriage concept is associated with forced marriage & signals social ineptitude.

Taking A Step Back Could Save Your Relationship

By Amie M. Gordon PhD on March 25, 2017 in Between You and Me
Looking at disagreements from the view of an outside observer provides new insights that just might change the course of your relationship.

Hate Your Partner Some Days? Research Shows You're Not Alone

By Amie M. Gordon PhD on March 23, 2017 in Between You and Me
Do you sometimes hate your partner? If so, you're not alone. It turns out we all have times when we hate the people we love the most. Although some of us may not even know it.

A Deeper Significance Found in Choice of Pronouns

By Lydia Denworth on March 23, 2017 in Brain Waves
New research on "you" reveals the power of pronouns in helping us process and make meaning from hard times.
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Is Your Relationship Toxic?

You may not realize your relationship is harming you or be able to leave. Find out the symptoms, whether there's hope for change, and steps you can put into action.

Why You Can Marry the Right Person

You don't have to accept that you will choose the wrong partner. There are skills to help you select who is right for you.

Relationships Are Like Surfing

“You can’t stop the waves from coming, but you can learn to surf.” -Swami Satchidinanda

Can You Lie to Your Lover?

For a relationship to work, must we always tell the truth?

Responding to Your Partner's Attachment Style

By David Ludden Ph.D. on March 20, 2017 in Talking Apes
According to recent research, to get what you want out of a relationship, you first have to give your partner what they want.

Apologies Are for the Weak: How to Crush Your Enemy

New research indicates that real men don't apologize.

How Relationships Work

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on March 19, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Want a straightforward, research-backed, practical overview of how relationships work? Here it is.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Observing

Observation permits us to use our inner scientist to discover how our behavior affects our loved one, as well as how we experience others' attempts to show love.

The Meaning of Adam and Eve

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 18, 2017 in Hide and Seek
Was the fall from Eden a price worth paying?

Do Only Dead Fish Swim With the Stream?

Many people's long-term romantic behavior is similar to dead fish floating with the current, slowly drifting with the stream. Is such behavior damaging? Not always, it would seen.

Thinking About Divorce or Suicide? Stop it! For 6 Months

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on March 14, 2017 in Full Living
Neither divorce nor suicidality is the easy way out, but first we must consider every vehicle, every effort, every courageous act to save what is most precious.

Daddy's Little Girl

On the make for married men

The Great Aspie

Loving a partner with Asperger’s can be both challenging and rewarding

The Cost of Choosing Not to Have Kids: Moral Outrage

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on March 12, 2017 in Living Single
Married people who choose not to have kids elicit moral outrage. They are also judged as less fulfilled than married people who do want kids. But what if they were single?

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Allocating Resources

Allocation of one's time, money and energy can reflect priorities. When the relationship itself is a primary recipient, behavior underscores powerful messages of love.

Five Forgiveness Exercises for Couples

Do you want a stronger relationship with your partner? If so, you might try these five forgiveness exercises.

Heartfelt Apologies 101

By Alexandra Solomon Ph.D. on March 10, 2017 in Loving Bravely
Love means never having to say "I'm sorry," right? Wrong! Follow these tips for overcoming this common relationship stumbling block.