All About Relationships

Love is one of the most profound emotions known to human beings. There are many kinds of love, but most people seek its expression in a romantic relationship with a compatible partner. For some, romantic relationships are the most meaningful element in their lives, providing a source of deep fulfillment. The ability to have a healthy, loving relationship is not innate. A great deal of evidence suggests that the ability to form a stable relationship begins in infancy, in a child's earliest experiences with a caregiver who reliably meets the infant's needs for food, care, protection, stimulation, and social contact. Those relationships are not destiny, but they appear to establish patterns of relating to others. Failed relationships happen for many reasons, and the failure of a relationship is often a source of great psychological anguish. Most of us have to work consciously to master the skills necessary to make them flourish. You can learn what you need to know to make your relationship last.

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Recent Posts on Relationships

Thick as Thieves?

Loyal, trusting, and trustworthy friends are the ones whose eyes you should strive to see yourself. Friends can offer love and support to you when you cannot offer it to yourself

What Is the Trajectory Toward Divorce?

There are many reasons why couples may divorce, but when are these marital problems most likely to arise? Research tests three compelling possibilities.

The Stubborn Ones

Do you have a child whose first response is to push the outside of any envelope designed to contain her? Take heart. You just might have gotten lucky.

So Your Partner Is Controlling. Now What?

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on February 05, 2016 Friendship 2.0
Here's how to figure out what to do when you discover your partner meets the criteria.

Hugh Jackman: What Makes A Marriage Strong?

By Jane Greer Ph.D. on February 05, 2016 Shrink Wrap
What are the four key ingredients in a successful marriage?

Sober Dating + Sober Sex = Less Drug and Alcohol Relapse

What should recovering alcoholics and former drug addicts keep in mind when pursuing romantic relationships?

Alone Together and Going Downhill

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on February 05, 2016 Play in Mind
Skiers who tune in tune out of the social side of skiing; insulated and cocooned this way, they miss attunement itself—a vital communal component of play.

How to Meet and Confer With Your Child

When was the last time you embraced your adult child and told him or her they are loved? Do they know you respect them and hold them in high regard? Do you listen for feelings?

Will You Fall in Love ‘Online’ This Valentine’s Day?

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on February 05, 2016 Love, Digitally
What has to happen for us to fall in love? Do we like people more because we disclose to them?

The 5 Quickest Ways to Kill Your Relationship

By Kira Asatryan on February 04, 2016 The Art of Closeness
Is your relationship sliding downhill fast? Learn the behaviors that are causing the decline, and the quickest remedies to keep your love alive.

Can You Babyproof Your Relationship?

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on February 04, 2016 Home Base
Will having a baby ruin your marriage? And should policy makers try to help couples transitioning to parenthood?

Yes, Just 10 Minutes a Day Can Turn Your Life Around

This simple exercise creates a positive feedback loop of better physical and mental health.

Dogs, Cats, and Humans: Does 5X the Oxytocin = 5X the Love?

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 03, 2016 Animal Emotions
Has it really been proven that dogs love humans five times more than cats? Not quite, but there are some interesting trends that support this predictable suggestion.

Healing Through a Break-Up

We have all been through breakups, but that doesn't make them any easier. Allow yourself to grieve and let the pain out.

Practicing the Art of Living

When we commit to love relationships we do not renounce our individual powers; we do not give ourselves away. Instead, we build those selves.

The Central Challenge of Management

By Victor Lipman on February 03, 2016 Mind of the Manager
I once worked for a Chief Marketing Officer who above all liked to hire Psychology majors. What did he know about an effective mindset for business?

4 (More) Solid Tips for Getting Your Relationship Unstuck

By Marty Babits on February 03, 2016 The Middle Ground
Can Jan and Evan's jealousy problem be solved through improved communication?

Why Are There More Service Dogs Than Ever?

By Susan B. Winston LMFT on February 03, 2016 Shift Happens
Have you noticed that there are more and more service dogs in your restaurants, stores, planes? Do more and more people need the comfort of their four-legged friends?

5 Rules For LGBT Dating

By Darcy Sterling Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 Ask Dr. Darcy
LGBT's have unique dating challenges. Tired of the same old results? Follow these rules for a different outcome!

Nine Steps When Someone Hurts You

Being able to put your past abuse into perspective doesn’t mean you will be immune from being hurt in the present. Here are nine steps to help you move towards forgiveness.

Rewriting the Narrative of Divorce

By Wendy Paris on February 02, 2016 Splitopia
We've grown up reading and watching stories of passionate love affairs, and our own can feel flat in comparison. But there is no "canon of the good divorce."

Gracefully Surviving Painful Breakups

Research suggests that maintaining a fluid self-concept, retaining a sense of separateness, and externalizing rejection may mitigate the devastating effects of breaking up.

Relationships: When “Arrows” of Annoyance Strike

Many of us mentally experience a few painfully irritating zingers that hit our mindset like static electricity shocks before we even get out of the door in the morning.

Punching Anti-Gay Hate Right in the Nose

By Rebecca Coffey on February 01, 2016 The Bejeezus Out of Me
One amazing organization providing safety and support to homeless LGBTQ kids was bombarded by hate — by a church. What happened next will knock your socks off.

3 Sure Signs of a Relationship at Risk

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on February 01, 2016 Insight Is 20/20
Relationships don't end for mysterious reasons. If you learn to watch for the signs, you can see it ending clearly.

The Importance of Friendship

Friendships are a vital and enhancing part of life. Old close friends provide comfort, camaraderie and support, and they share feelings, celebrations and sadnesses.

Simple Steps to Sex Addiction Recovery

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on February 01, 2016 Minority Report
What do you do if you're not ready for therapy but need "action steps" to help you with sex addiction recovery? These simple steps can get you down the right track...

Why So Many Women Don’t Have Orgasms

By Michael Castleman M.A. on February 01, 2016 All About Sex
Women don’t have orgasms largely because their lovers don’t provide the clitoral caresses that elicit them.

Just Be Kind: The Only Relationship Advice You’ll Ever Need

At the end of the day, being kind is the only real action we can take to improve our relationship. So, how can break with our defenses and be more loving toward our partner?

Is It Love or Low Self-Esteem?

It’s called RCSE, and if you can’t believe how in love you are, you just might have it.