Why Do Women Want Fairy Tale Weddings?

In women’s fantasies about the perfect wedding, it’s the dress as much as the person they’re marrying that takes center stage. At the heart of the wedding dress fantasy lies images we’ve all come to accept from Disney princesses. Not only what they wear, but how they act, also influence us more than we realize, though the movie Frozen might be changing it all.

5 Questions to Test Your Sense of Meaning in Life

The need to find meaning in your life might not be something you ponder on a daily basis but it lies at the root of your sense of worth. By answering these 5 questions, you can measure your progress toward that ultimate source of happiness.

What Lonely People Seek from Facebook

Critics of social media argue that people who spend time on Facebook become social introverts due to their reliance on virtual rather than face-to-face interactions. However, a closer look at the research reveals that loneliness is the cause, not the result, of heavy Facebook use.

The Case Against Family Secrets

Every family has at least one secret, and some have many more than that. As difficult as it may be to do so, reaching out for help when your family’s secret involves mental illness may be the one best way to cope.

Are Your Workouts Really Working for You?

Although working out to improve your health is certainly a laudable goal, many people exercise to lose weight and body fat. The results of new research on exercise in women shows the surprising ways in which your workout patterns may be working against you. These 4 tips will help you beat your body at its own game.

19 Ways to Tell If You Expect Too Much From Your Partner

In a close relationship, it’s natural for partners to expect to receive both emotional and practical care and support. People also judge whether their partners are “good enough” for them. These 19 items will tell whether a sense of emotional entitlement will spell doom or boom for your relationship’s future.

Are All Parents Narcissistic?

With the focus on producing narcissistic children in today’s media, it may seem less obvious to consider the possibility that narcissism works both ways. Being slightly narcissistic may, by definition, be a job hazard of parenthood.

10 Ways to Avoid Rejection

When someone turns you down, whether for a small favor or a dinner date, it’s likely you’ll question or wonder whether there’s something wrong with you. Using these 10 tips, you’ll be more likely to get your original request to provide the response you desire in the first place.

Why We Fantasize About Other Partners

When partners in a long-term relationship have fantasies of infidelity, is this the same as actual cheating? It’s possible to be unfaithful in fantasy and still have a rewarding and fulfilling relationship, as long as you understand the origins of your fantasies. They may even benefit your relationship.

What's the Best Way for You to End a Relationship?

Everyone can relate to relationship break-up strategies that failed miserably. The key to minimizing the pain is to adjust the strategy to your personality and that of your partner. It may even be possible for you to improve your relationship breakup strategy with a simple mental adjustment.

Do You Know Your Fitness Age?

As much as many people would like to turn back the clock on their age, up until now it hasn’t been a very feasible goal. However, new research on the concept of fitness age shows that you’re more in control than you think of the way your body keeps track of time.

5 Ways to Handle a Snob

It’s no fun being the target of someone’s snobbery. These five tools are all you need to manage the unhappiness a snob can cause. You don’t have to out-snob the snob, but you can overcome the feelings of shame, envy, and inferiority that snobbery can trigger.

Narcissists Need to Love Themselves More, Not Less

Narcissists may seem as though they’re completely in love with themselves, but at the root of their inflated egos are deeply-held feelings of inferiority. Arguments and criticism therefore bring out their worst fears. Perhaps instead of self-love we should think of narcissists as experiencing self-hate.

16 Questions to Discover How You Judge Yourself

The road to self-acceptance may well be acceptance of other people, flaws and all. This 16-item test will tell whether you’re someone who others can turn to, no matter what, and they know they’ll be welcomed. More importantly, these items will also help you become more accepting of yourself and create your own no-judgment zone.

Why We're So Superstitious

Whether it’s crossing your fingers or rubbing a rabbit's foot, most of us engage in some idiosyncratic behaviors that we believe will bring us luck. We can learn from research on sports fans about what’s behind our favorite superstitions and how to use this knowledge to our advantage.

How to Deal With Someone Who's Always Looking for a Crisis

People who are continually in crisis mode not only lead unhealthy lives but also create havoc for those who know or work with them. Psychology has some answers to help understand what’s behind it all and how to help them live calmer, more even-keeled and ultimately happier lives.

Are You the Inspirational Type?

In a world full of inspirational quotes, it might seem that we're all looking for ways to become more motivated. As it turns out, some of us are more likely to get inspired than others. This 4-item test will show where you stand on the inspirational scale, and how becoming inspired can help you achieve your goals.

Can You Really Be Too Attractive or Intelligent?

Popular opinion, if not common sense, tells us that it’s impossible to be too attractive or too intelligent. However, if you envy the looks and brains that some people seem to be born with, take heart. There’s a surprising downside to being born with too much in the way of looks and brains.

7 Ways Exercise Can Go Wrong for Your Mind and Body

Though exercise is generally good for your mental and physical health, these 7 surprising ill effects can have the opposite effect. Fortunately, there's a remedy for each one.

How to Get Yourself on Your Own Side

Without knowing it, we frequently become our own worst enemies. Concluding that you can’t get what you want is one sure way you won’t. Self-defeating behavior is easy to spot once you know what you’re looking out for. These five questions will help you identify, and then change, the handicapping patterns that prevent you from getting what you really want.

Why Dark Personalities Thrive in the Dark

We associate romance with dimly-lit settings and candlelight. However, people with dark intent are more likely than others to improve their romantic odds when shrouded in darkness. Watch out for those tell-tale signs that someone’s interest in you is less than sincere, especially when that someone is lurking in the shadows.

Are You or Your Partner a Sexual Perfectionist?

Because they seek perfection in every area of their lives, some individuals also seek to get a 100% grade on their sexual performance. If you’re one of these sexual perfectionists, you may be setting yourself up, paradoxically, for long-term misery instead of pleasure in the bedroom.

Are You as Socially Introverted as You Seem?

If you don't want to look socially introverted, you may want to remove those earphones you're wearing. Although you may enjoy the entertainment our mobile devices provide as they provide a soundtrack to our day, you may also be sending unintentional cues telling other people to stay away.

18 Ways You Might Be Making Your Partner Jealous

Jealousy is one of the most unpleasant emotions we can experience. For some people, however, jealousy becomes a tool they use to manipulate their partners. Find out if you- or your partner- are the jealousy-inducing type with this 18-item quiz.

7 Ways to Make Small Talk Work for You

There’s a time and a place for small talk. Often, we may be tempted to engage others in a casual chat but not know whether they’re in the mood. These seven tips will give you the guidance you need to make your small talk count big.

Do You Feel Sexy? Your Answer Makes a Big Difference

With the expectation that women’s bodies have to be perfect for them to be sexy, you might expect that women in particular would be more likely to have their body image impact their sexual satisfaction. Surprising new findings suggest that when it comes to body image and sex life, it's men rather than women who are more affected.

8 Ways to Handle a Narcissist

People with narcissistic personality tendencies, who constantly need to see themselves as the center of attention, can be annoying to say the least. If you care about someone whose narcissism tends to get out of control, these 8 strategies will help you keep their egos, and your anger, under control.

An Inside Look at Open Marriages

Whether you call it open marriage, swinging, polyamory, or non-monogamy, relationship scientists are beginning to understand the pros and cons of being involved with more than one partner. They're discovering some of the best-kept secrets about what's really going on in these multi-partnered pairings.

3 Ways to Know When to Show Your True Emotions

There’s a time and a place for revealing your true emotions. You can get into trouble by showing either too much or too little of your negative or positive feelings. By following these 3 guidelines, you'll be sure to show just the right amount of emotion in any situation, whether at home or at work.

The Perfect Storm in Borderline Personality Disorder

According to a new and very exciting theory of borderline personality disorder, three factors collide to produce the perfect storm that is one of psychology's least understood conditions. People with this disorder as well as their loved ones and therapists, can benefit from the five ways to provide safe and effective interventions.