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.

6 Ways to Win Any Argument

Arguments are an inevitable part of daily life no matter how hard you may try to avoid them. By using these six strategies, you’ll make sure to come out on the side of the winner, no matter what the conflict is about. In the end, both you and your relationships can benefit.

How Women Get Addicted to Cybersex

We tend to associate cybersex addiction to porn with men, but a new study reveals that women can get just as hooked as men. The “gratification hypothesis” helps to explain which women are most likely to turn to the Internet to get their daily dose of sexual arousal.

How to Tell if You’re a Pre-crastinator

People worry a great deal about being procrastinators, but it’s possible to be just the opposite- a pre-crastinator. Find out if new research has identified your own tendency to plan for the future, and whether this affects your enjoyment of the present.

Why the Look on Your Face May Matter More Than What You Say

Your face is just one of the many aspects of your appearance on which others judge you. However, new research shows that it might be one of the most significant. Controlling your impression might ultimately turn out to be a matter of controlling your expression.

It's Hard to Imagine a World Without Psychology

Whether you realize it or not, psychology is contributing important knowledge to the way we all understand ourselves and the world. Without psychological research, we’d have only common sense to guide us in everything from learned behavior to romantic relationships. A world without psychology could very well exist, but it would be less well-informed one.

Great Shakespeare Quotes that Inspire Us to Age Creatively

We tend to think of Shakespeare's views of aging as almost entirely negative. Yet, Shakespeare’s writings about aging in many ways contradict how he himself experienced aging. From his work and his remarkable career, we can gain inspiration into how we ourselves can realize our own creative potential throughout life.

10 Ways to Feel Better About How You Look

Like it or not, our outward appearance provides important cues to others about our inner qualities. If you feel that there’s a mismatch between the way you look and the way you feel, these 10 tips will help you bring them both into line.

Would You Rather Be Considered Smart or Nice?

Research on impression formation and dialect shows that there may be something to the idea of “Southern comfort.” For Americans, speaking with a Southern accent signals that you're a nice person, and a Northern accent signals you're smart. If it's niceness you seek, these 5 tips can help you find the right tone of voice.

9 Ways to Tell Who's Lying to You

There's never been a perfect way to detect deception, but this 9-item questionnaire will give you a set of research-tested guides. Whether in your love life or your work life, using this simple scale will give you the tools you need to become your own personal lie detector.

Can Relationships Withstand the Strains of Midlife?

Relationships are complex enough, but adding to the strains of those that last into midlife are the individual changes that partners experience over time. The media often portray these dynamics in compelling ways, with the latest entry of USA’s “Satisfaction” providing new insights that mesh with the latest research on adult attachment style.

Why It's So Hard to Live With Narcissists

People who are high in narcissism can be entitled, demanding, and self-centered. As if this didn’t make life with them difficult enough, new research shows that their desire for perfection creates even more misery for their partners.

The One Emotion That Really Hurts Your Brain

We’ve all made mistakes in front of others, and it’s never a pleasant experience. Complicating matters further is the humiliation you feel when someone else points out the error of your ways. Research in social neuroscience shows that the pain of humiliation extends deep into the brain’s innermost regions far more than other emotions.

Infidelity, in 140 Characters or Less

Online relationships develop in myriads of ways, but few of us would predict that the flames of love could be fanned in 140 characters or less. However, new research shows that active Twitter users in virtual relationships may set the stage for their real-life relationships to get in trouble.

Did Facebook Go Too Far?

A recent experiment manipulated emotionally laden Facebook posts to see the effects on users. Though the ethics of this study have come into question, what can we learn from this study about our own state of mind?

How to Change Your Partner’s Bad Habits

Everyone has at least one bad habit, but in long-term relationships, some of those habits can be irksome indeed. Learning to cope with your partner’s quirks can keep those little things from becoming bigger threats to your relationship's health.

Do You Have a Workplace Spouse?

The workplace romance, if you believe the polls, is becoming increasingly commonplace. Recent research shows the advantages but, more often, the disadvantages to your work of blending love and work. Having a work spouse may help you get through the day, but what matters the most will be the person you return to at night.

4 Ways to Make a Better Apology

Love may mean never having to say you’re sorry, but there are times when you’ve got no alternative. Whether in your romantic, work, or social life, these 4 tips will make sure you achieve the forgiveness you seek.

How to Spot a Manipulator

Pickup artists lurk about in all sorts of places. Whether it’s the neighborhood bar or on public transportation, by a male or female, you may be the target of people who hide their true intentions. It’s important to learn how to spot, and resist, their efforts to seduce you.

5 Tips for Tough Conversations With Your Partner

Conflicts in our closest relationships can challenge even the most skilled communicator. However, you can resolve those conflicts successfully by tapping into these 5 time-tested strategies

Why We Keep Secrets From Our Partners

You may wonder if it’s wise to keep secrets from your closest relationship partner. New research shows how surprisingly common this is, and what it means about your own intimacy.

8 of Psychology’s Greatest Books from the Classics to Today

If you’re looking for great reads in psychology, the possible list may seem almost endless. These selection of 8 great reads narrows it down for you, and may inspire you to form your own list of all-time psychology winners.

Prop Up Your Perseverance and You Can Succeed at Anything

We all enjoy seeing the results of our efforts, but it’s not always easy to get from here to there. New research shows that tapping into your inner perseverance can help you not only be more likely to feel, and actually achieve, your most important life goals.

What's Your Relationship IQ?

The fascinating field of relationship science produces findings that not only inform the academic world but have practical use for everyone. See how well you score on this brief quiz to test your knowledge about this important area of life.

The Hidden Danger of Smartphone Cameras

Social media provides us with so many opportunities to share our photos, it’s tempting to let the urge to point and shoot take over our lives. Unfortunately, you can run the risk of the “photo impairment effect” and lose the most precious of your personal memories.

5 Steps to Surviving Criticism

No one likes to be criticized, but when handled well, criticism can be the basis for growth and richer, and more rewarding relationships. These five tips show how you can survive, and benefit, from the critical words of your most important relationship partners.

Why Do Women Feel the Need to Appeal?

In our increasingly fashion- and looks-conscious world, where glitter and glamour reign supreme, it’s easy to become preoccupied with your appearance. Women in particular feel the pressure to look good, whether it’s in the boardroom or the bedroom. Focusing on what you do, and not how you look, can help you boost both your competence and self-confidence.

The Paradoxical Needs of the Narcissist

As glamorous and captivating as narcissists might appear to be, we know from extensive psychological research that many suffer deep-seated insecurities. In the worst case scenarios, their desire to be loved and adored comes in direct conflict with their tendencies to put off the people who care about them the most.

How Does Your Partner Turn You On?

Happiness in long-term relationships depends in part on how sexy couples find each other. Calculate your partner’s hotness using these five research-based criteria from studies of sexual attraction.

5 Ways to Make a Great First Impression

Whether it’s in social relationships or at work, we’re often put on the spot to make a great impression. Unfortunately, the higher the stakes, the more challenging you find this task. By following 5 relatively simple principles, you can not only look impressive to others, but feel good about yourself in the process.