The Secrets Couples Keep

Secrets that people keep from their partners are generally detrimental to their intimacy. However, when partners share secrets and keep them from the outside world, the effect can be to increase your bonding.

How to Answer the Number One Question People Always Ask

What do you think is the most common question you ever get asked? Hint: It’s one you usually answer without any thought. You may not realize it, but your responses to conversation openers may actually be conversation enders.

The 6 Worst Relationship Habits and How to Overcome Them

We typically think of habits as bothersome behaviors that affect us as individuals. However, there are habits that couples develop which can be just as bothersome, if not more so. By keeping us from getting the most we can out of our closest bonds with others, they can stand in between us and true relationship happiness.

Why Women Don't Make the First Move

In the traditional world of dating, men ask and women wait to be asked. A new dating app is changing the rules, but what makes women wait in the first place?

Do You Really Want to Know What People Think of You?

The idea of finding out what other people really think about you may fill you with dread. Yet, receiving feedback from those around us can be one the most useful ways to develop your potential to its fullest. Test your reactions with this 20-item quiz to see how to make the most out of your supervisors, your friends, and your intimate partner.

To Be More Creative try Being a Little Silly

Everyone can be a little silly at times, and depending on the circumstances, you might be more creative as a result. “Clever silly” ones can bring tremendous payoff, as long as you know how to express them.

Do Happy Couples Really Sleep Better?

We know that the quality of a couple’s relationship influences each partner’s satisfaction, and that the quality of sleep influences feelings of an individual’s well-being. It turns out that your satisfaction with your relationship, combined with features of your personality, may actually affect the timing of your and your partner’s sleep-wake cycles during the night.

5 Reasons We Play the Blame Game

When something goes wrong in your life, is your first reaction to blame someone else? If so, you’re engaging in the very common behavior of the blame game. Unfortunately, there are no winners in this game, so knowing the 5 reasons for why you do this will benefit your relationships.

Who's Most Likely to Post a Video Selfie, and Why?

Selfies have gone from the occasional Facebook post of people celebrating good times to elaborate video recordings of their everyday activities. Some people even post videos of themselves surviving an emergency. Whether or not you believe the selfie is a cause, or result, of narcissism, it seems to be here to stay, especially in its most recent, video, format.

20 Signs That Your Boss May Be a Psychopath

When psychopathy hits the workplace, the effects can be devastating, especially if that psychopath is your boss. Take this 20-item quiz to find out if this recently-discovered form of the dark triad personality may be affecting you and those you love in ways you didn’t realize.

The Simplest Way for a Couple to Boost Intimacy

Couples are constantly looking for ways to improve their relationships, but there’s one easy way that can be part of your everyday routine. Sharing a meal does more than feed the body, it also feeds the quality of your emotional well-being.

Psychology in the News: Who Should You Believe?

Recent stories in the news concerning both psychological research and ethics may make you wonder who or what to believe. Here’s are some tips you can use when psychology stories hit the popular press.

What Happens When a Narcissist's Love Turns Into Rage

No one like being rejected or left, but for narcissistic individuals, a rejection can become the stimulus for a dangerous over-reaction. If you’ve ever been the target of one of these attacks, you know how frightening it can be. Understanding the cause of your ex’s rage can help both of you cope more reasonably.

Does Your Bright Side Have a Dark Side?

We know that people high on psychopathy and related traits lurk in the “dark side” of personality, but what about its opposite? Having a “bright side” to your personality may sound positive, but it can create its own shadows in your life. See how you rate on these 13 typical qualities of the colorful (but still dark) personality.

Why Narcissists Need You to Feel Bad About Yourself

It’s never pleasant to be the target of an insult. However, before you let an insulting remark get the better of you, stop and consider who’s doing the insulting. It’s likely that it’s just a narcissist, trying to feel better by making you feel bad.

4 Ways to Keep Your Perfectionism from Getting You Down

Always wanting your life, and everything in it, to be perfect can become a thankless enterprise. In addition to the fact that perfection is almost impossible to achieve, striving for the ideal can cause your stress levels to mount. These 4 tips will help you keep perfectionism under control.

Are You and Your Partner Faking Intimacy?

Being involved in a truly intimate relationship means that you reveal your real self to your partner. The question is whether the self you show to your partner is authentic or sham. Find out whether you and your partner are being as honest as possible with each other.

5 Rules for Getting Along with Anyone, Anywhere

It’s inevitable that we face tough conversations in life. How you handle those conversations can make a world of difference to your well-being and the well-being of others. These 5 basic guidelines will ensure that, no matter what, your conversations will be productive and respectful.

How to Do the Right Thing (Almost) Every Time

Temptation is a normal part of life, whether in love, business, or food. As much as you want to stay on the straight and narrow, you may be faced with a choice that greatly tests your resolve. Here’s how to make sure that you stick to your own moral compass.

How Social Media May Be Making You a Nicer Person

You might worry that the use of social media is causing us to lose the ability to communicate in person, much less be able to relate to others in a positive way. New research shows how, and when the contrary may be true.

What Does Your Face Really Tell the World About You?

The phenomenon of “Resting Bitch Face (RBF)” is a new take on an old problem; namely, that women need to smile to be seen favorably. This raises the question of how we communicate our feelings through our faces and what we can, or cannot, change about how we’re perceived.

Life’s Endings and How We Make Sense out of Them

When something important in your life comes to an end, whether your career or your relationship, the process may be more difficult to cope with than you might realize. Ultimately, it’s your identity, and the sense you make of that ending, which will determine how you emerge from life’s transition points.

Why We Feel Insecure, and How We Can Stop

It’s natural to feel insecure from time to time, but these feelings can get in the way of your happiness. Figuring out where those insecurities come from is the first step to overcoming them.

5 Ways to Deliver Bad News With a Minimum of Pain

Very few, if any, of us truly enjoys being the bearer of bad news. If you have no choice but to be that messenger, there are ways to get the job done with a minimum of damaged feelings. These 5 strategies will help you figure out how to make the best out of some of life’s unpleasant situations.

Psychotherapy vs. Medications: The Verdict Is In

Both psychiatrists and psychologists devote their careers to helping people with mental health issues. As promising as neuroscience may be for helping researchers find clues to the brain, the real key to treatment lies in therapy, not drugs. Your best bet is to explore all options when you or your loved ones seek help.

The Only Excuse You’ll Ever Need (or Should Ever Use)

When there’s something you’d rather not do, or wish you hadn’t done, an excuse might seem like the only graceful remedy. This simple guideline to making that excuse work will help you figure out how to make the best of that bad situation.

Why We Think About Our Exes (and Why It's Not a Bad Thing)

When a relationship is ending, we tend to focus on what’s wrong with it. As time passes, though, we forget the past troubles in favor of the rosy glow of its early days. Avoid the trap of your distorted past so you can move on and focus on the present.

Worried About a Midlife Crisis? Don't. There's No Such Thing

The midlife crisis is one of those urban legends that refuses to go away, no matter how much evidence question its universality. The latest evidence to refute the midlife crisis myth shows, yet again, that there are no massive personality upheavals when the decade marker strikes four-zero.

This Is Why Betrayal Hurts So Much

Whether you’ve been lied to, cheated on, or otherwise made to feel a loss of trust, it’s always painful when someone betrays you. How you respond may depend as much on the nature of the betrayal as on your personality and values. Whatever the cause, one of betrayal's most painful aspects is the cost it takes on your self-esteem.

6 Ways to Get What You Want (Without Being Called a Whiner)

We tend to associate whining with the behavior of toddlers, but there are plenty of adults who could equal the whininess of any two-year-old. These 6 tips will help you turn your complaints into effective strategies to get others to gladly give you what you want.