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.

Why It’s So Easy to Talk to an Introvert

Despite the general belief that people high in introversion are difficult to talk to, they may actually be the easiest. If you’re in need of someone to provide you with support and understanding, you may find that the introvert is your best bet.

How Should Psychology Define Happiness?

The wave of happiness research, part of the positive psychology movement, isn’t a trend that everyone is riding. When researchers use happiness to measure psychological health, they may fail to take into account the realities of our everyday lives, which don’t fit into a neat 1-10 point scale.

Breaking Up Doesn't Have to Break You

It's a myth that you have to “get over” the ending of a close relationship and eliminate all reminders of your ex. According to one theory,remnants of your former relationships remain with you, becoming part of your identity for life.

Quiz: What Do Your Facebook Habits Reveal About You?

The widespread adoption of Facebook among people of all ages and nationalities suggests that it taps into some deep human need. However, everyone’s Facebook use differs. This 20 question quiz will reveal what your Facebook habits say about your own needs for connection and where some of the danger signs may lurk.

5 Steps to Beat Boredom in Your Relationship

It’s perhaps inevitable that, over time, a relationship loses some of its zest. There are many benefits to feeling comfortable with your long-term partner, but if you're not careful, this may become a slippery slope into outright boredom. These 6 steps will help you restore that perfect balance by helping you define and overcome the problems causing your own boredom.

Build Your Self-Esteem with These 3 Simple Exercises

Feelings of self-worth are central to your mental health. However, maintaining your self-esteem can be a challenge when other people are rude, insulting, or critical of you. Practicing these 3 simple exercises will help inoculate against those threats to your sense of worth and help you gain self-understanding in the process.

20 Questions That Will Tell You If It's Love

Quantifying the elusive quality of love is no easy task, but a group of psychologists think they have a way to detect people’s true romantic feelings. Breaking romantic love into its component parts, this new test allows you to gauge the strength of your closest relationship.

The Psych Advice You're Looking for in Psychology Today

What are you looking for in when you check out your popular psychology sources? Is it mental health information and resources or relationship advice? Depending on how you view the data from a recent study, pop psych may be serving an important role in helping you get help.