The Secret to Revealing Your Secrets

It can be tricky negotiating the right amount to disclose about yourself with your relationship partners. If you reveal too much too early, you’ll seem a bit too eager, and if you always hold back, people will wonder what you’re hiding. Research on self-disclosure suggests some ways to find that happy balance.

The 8 Unhealthy Habits of Interpersonally Sensitive People

It’s not easy for anyone to experience rejection, but for some, fear of being abandoned takes on unhealthy proportions. When this fear becomes pronounced, it can put you at risk not only for emotional, but for physical health risks as well. Fortunately, having these eight qualities doesn't have to condemn you to a life of poor health as long as you know how to change them.

Nine Signs You’re Really an Introvert

Introversion-extraversion is a personality dimension along which we all differ. Even though you may not identify as an introvert, these nine behavioral cues will give you insight into your own inner orientations no matter how extraverted you may seem on the outside.

The Best Psychology Websites You Probably Never Heard About

There are literally thousands of websites devoted to psychology, but even if you think you’ve explored most of them, chances are you’ve missed some of the best. This collection will not only educate you, but also allow you to have some unexpected psychology fun.

How Your Dreams Can Affect Your Love Life

It’s beginning to be widely understood that what we dream about may reflect our everyday preoccupations. What’s less well-known is that dreams can also influence your behavior in the light of day. New research shows just how much your love life may reflect your dream life.

11 Ways to Tell if Your Lover Loves You

Your lover may talk the talk, but does he or she walk the walk? These 11 behavioral signs of a healthy relationship will help you test your partner’s true feelings.

Is It Time to Ban the “B” Word?

Heading up a team of female celebrities, Sheryl Sandberg launched the “Ban Bossy” campaign to help girls and women feel more comfortable about being leaders. Research on teen girls provides support for this campaign’s potential to remove the stigma from this unfortunate term and help girls feel better about leadership, and themselves.

Eight Ways to Make a Grand Entrance

First impressions count—almost more than any other aspect of our nonverbal behavior. Managing your own can prove vital in every aspect of your daily life, from your business encounters to your romantic relationships. These 8 tips will ensure that your entrances will be both grand and appropriate.

Could New Thinking About Relationships Help Yours?

A new theory of long-term committed relationships proposes that the ability to seek self-expression predicts the greatest chances of its success. The process of achieving self-expression may make the stakes higher, but the potential rewards much more satisfying in the long term.

The High Cost of Vanity

The clothes we wear reflect our personalities. If you’re drawn to clothes that carry with them recognizable and often pricey logos, it may be time to examine why. The combination of vanity and narcissism can prove costly to your wallet. By understanding the forces that drive you to overspend, you can gain better control of your wallet, if not your self-esteem.

Put Your Emotional Intelligence to Use

Every day you’re faced with awkward interpersonal situations that you somehow need to negotiate to keep the social wheels of life running smoothly. By tapping into your emotional intelligence, you can handle these situations with both ease and success.

Finding Joy in the Sexless Marriage

Many factors contribute to a couple’s decision to refrain from having sexual relations. Using the social exchange theory of relationships provides a way to understand why people remain together. The sexless marriage may not be for everyone but for those who choose this path, there are several paths to successful coping.

Your Mind’s Not Getting Older; It’s Truly Getting Better

Most people are convinced that getting older means getting mentally weaker. However, according to an important new study, your brain may be getting older, but your mind is not. Even if you have those annoying occasional memory failures, you may actually be more mentally agile than ever, and definitely more knowledgeable.

Four Ways to Ask for, and Get, Your Favors Granted

There are times in life when you need someone to do something for you. The question is how to ask for a favor in way that ensures you’ll get that help. The 4 basic ingredients to having a favor granted are yours for the taking.

In Close Relationships, Opposites Might Attract After All

The adage “opposites attract” is generally regarded in relationship research to be untrue. Similarity seems to breed stronger attraction at least in a relationship’s early phases. Research on joint goal pursuits by romantic couples shows that if you want something done, however, your best bet for a partner is your psychological opposite.

Get in Touch with Your Relationship Myths

We all hold the idea of the “perfect” relationship, an idea that may lead some people to spend their lives turning down otherwise great, if not perfect, partners. By identifying your own relationship myths, you can better enjoy your current, if not future, opportunities for true intimacy.

Revisiting the Psychology of Narcissistic Entitlement

Entitlement, or the tendency to believe you deserve special treatment, is seen by psychology as part and parcel of narcissism. However, new research suggests that not all entitled people are created equal. Some people believe they're great and are, but many others use their entitlement to hide feelings of inferiority, causing problems in their relationships and well-being.

Calculate Your Life's Psychological Footprint

Your life footprint is the effect you have on other people, both those who are close to you and those who you’ll never meet. Calculate your own lasting impressions with this 10-item quiz. Even if your life footprint is light at the moment, there are ways to improve the positive impact you have on others, from your closest partners to people you may not even know.

Seven Types of Physical Affection in Relationships

Each couple has a unique way of relating physically to each other, whether it’s through giving backrubs, kissing, cuddling, or holding. Surprisingly, there’s little research on this topic in close, intimate long-term relationships. These 7 types are a start in understanding how and why we show affection to those we love.

Our Irrational Emotional Life

Emotions are a key part of our everyday happiness and well-being. When they get out of control, they can get us in real trouble. However, such negative emotions as worry, anger, and jealousy don’t have to cause meltdowns as long as you can understand where these feelings come from.

Psychology’s Greatest Advice

By its very nature, psychology is a field that can benefit all of our lives. With its focus on such topics as mental health, intelligence, and relationships, the work of psychological researchers offers plenty of applications to everyday life. Here are 7 of its finest lessons.

Remembering the Good Old Days Can Revive Your Relationship

Reliving happy memories of good times you’ve shared with your partner may be just the kind of revival your relationship needs. New research shows that the happiest couples make the most out of reminiscing about the “way we were." Four tips, based on this research, can help you make the most out of your shared past with your intimate partner.

The 9 Most Common Relationship Mistakes

These nine most common slip-ups can threaten the closest of close relationships. Learn how to avoid them, bringing you closer to having a satisfying and long-lasting emotional love life.

Those Facebook Games We Play and Why We Play Them

Facebook offers you literally hundreds of opportunities to play video games, ranging from the oldies but goodies of Bejeweled Blitz to the latest craze, Candy Crush. New research shows just how many of us play these games, for how long, and why.

What Happens When Narcissists Turn 30, and Beyond?

A narcissist’s desire to be the center of attention and praise can create challenges in adjusting to the passing years, especially after hitting the big “3-0.” Society’s association between youth and beauty can lead people preoccupied with their appearance feeling vulnerable. The question is whether, and how, they meet this challenge. These 5 tips provide a start.

What You Don't Know about This Personality Test Can Hurt You

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a widely-used tool in the organizational consultant toolkit. Providing you with a 4-letter code, it’s supposed to provide an instant diagnosis to your inner personality qualities and outer tendencies at work and in However, outside the consulting realm, many psychologists not only doubt its utility but warn against its use.

Mastering the Delicate Art of Responding to Compliments

It’s great to get a compliment, but often we find it difficult to know how to respond. If you’re like most of us, you flounder a bit while you think of what to say in return. With a little practice, you can become a master of this important social grace.

Five Proven Keys to Improve Your Well-Being

Improving your mental and physical health doesn’t take an emotional overhaul. These five, research-tested strategies, can help you revitalize and tune up your outlook one step at a time.

Women's Love Affair with Wine and What it Means for You

When it comes to the typical alcoholic beverage, the sexes seem to split into two distinct groups, with women preferring their cabernets and men their Budweiser’s. Wine may seem like a safe choice, but what does women’s love affair with wine mean for physical, if not mental, health?

The 1-2-3’s of Relationship Repair

When a relationship ends, you typically want to have nothing to do with your ex-lover or friend. However, as time passes and the hurt eases, you may develop a wish to restore some form of harmony, but you not be sure whether to, or how. These three steps will help you sort out your feelings and figure out how best to mend fences with your ex.

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