Gwen and Blake: Why Opposites Attract in Intense Situations

While Blake and Gwen are unique, their situation is not. A heightened, shared experience can bring people together against all odds.

Infinitely Polar Bear: Rare Portrayal of Bipolar Disorder

Infinitely Polar Bear is the story of how love can provide the incentive to get better. Mark Ruffalo’s performance is gritty, believable and most certainly Oscar-Worthy.

How To Let Hope and Time Guide You Through Depression

When depression becomes your familiar state, it can be scary to wade into the uncharted territory of feeling better.

7 Ways to Heal After a Painful Breakup

After a stormy relationship, you can think you’re OK, you're feeling stable, but then you plunge right back into confusion, disgust, and fear all over again.

What It Really Means to Be 'Friends With Benefits'

When you ask to be FWB before you’ve even developed a connection, you’re putting stress and expectations on a relationship that hasn’t even formed yet.

The 9 Stages of Grieving a Breakup No. 9: Hope

As you begin to accept that reconciliation it is not an option, you shift from the hope that the relationship can be saved, to the possibility that you just might be ok without it.

The 9 Stages of Grieving a Breakup No. 8: Anger

After breakup, anger often takes the shape of self-blame and self-disgust: you’re “not good enough” – you’re “ugly,” “stupid,” “fat,” “old,” “useless, "undeserving." It’s a long way out of that hole you're digging yourself into.

9 Stages of Grieving a Breakup No. 7: Initial Acceptance

For now, know that it’s okay if the moments of clarity and the realization that you’ll be okay are submerged more often than experienced.

The 9 Stages of Grieving a Breakup No. 6: Relapse

By reconciling, you relieve the agony of withdrawal, at least temporarily.

9 Stages of Grieving a Breakup No. 5: Internal Bargaining

If only you had picked him up at the airport that day; if only you didn't complain about your job so much. Why didn't you go on that camping trip? Why didn’t you tell her you loved her more often? If only you were a different person who did different things in a different way!

9 Stages of Grieving a Breakup No. 4: External Bargaining

As much as you might believe you can singlehandedly fix everything that’s been wrong, it’s impossible to maintain the level it would take to do that, and you just can't be responsible for everything.

9 Stages of Grieving a Breakup No. 3: Desperate for Answers

The need to know why can and often does come at the expense of rational and reasonable thoughts and behaviors.

The 9 Stages of Grieving a Breakup: No. 2 - Denial

No matter how remote the possibility, you’re continuing to carry on as if you’re still in a viable relationship, because then it hasn’t ended.

The 9 Stages of Grieving a Breakup No. 1: Shock

“Huh? What do you mean, it’s over?” This new information overloads your brain. The concept that you have become disposable, replaceable, and irrelevant shoots through you in spasms.

Longing for a Person That Can’t Love You Back

Are you losing yourself in a friendship/sexual relationship in which you give of yourself without getting much if anything in return?

Why We Are Still Grieving Robin Williams

The most important message in this post is not necessarily about Robin Williams; it is that you are valued when you feel valueless. You are loved when you feel unloved or unlovable; and if we had the opportunity, each of us would have tried to show Robin Williams this love and value.

It’s Not Your Fault, Robin Williams

The only voice Robin Williams could hear, above all of those that love him, was his own telling him louder and stronger than anyone else’s that he is worthless, that he doesn’t deserve, that he can't be here anymore.

Why Shame Is Triggered Just When You Start To Feel Good

Understand that the slices of your life that you look back at with mortification and disgust had a purpose and an explanation at the time.

The Difference Between Self-Anger and Self-Blame in Breakup

Conventional wisdom states that if you’re angry, you’re still not over it. But where is that proven? As long as you’re not destructive or self-destructive, you can stay angry as long as you want.

The 7 Stages of Grieving a Breakup

The stages of grief that follow any trauma, breakup included, can happen in a condensed form, over the course of minutes or even seconds, days, months, years, and then switch around without warning, leaving you feeling without foundation, especially in the beginning.

The Pros and Cons of Faking Orgasm

If you fake it at the beginning, you increase the odds that it will be harder for you to have an authentic orgasm moving forward.

Are You Ready to Reconnect With Someone From Your Past?

Feeling better is not necessarily about reuniting in a way that’s successful; it’s about the act of opening yourself up to letting go of betrayal and shame you may have experienced as a result of the rupture.

After a One-Night Stand, What Comes Next?

As painful as it is and as awful and backward as it seems, there is a common experience in which a woman sleeps with a man in the hopes that sex will encourage a more consistent relationship, and then is disappointed when it doesn’t work.

How Resilience Helps You Disengage From Your Painful Past

There is no danger in allowing yourself to believe that you are more than what your past would have you believe. The experiences you had that make you feel broken don’t mean you are broken.

After a Breakup, Who Says Your Feelings Have to Make Sense?

Your feelings don’t have to make sense. Allow yourself to experience, respect and move through your feelings, accept that they exist even though they don’t make sense, and you will be less likely to act on them and end up in a painful cycle again.

Look Closer: How Idealizing Others' Lives Isolates You

Instead of being isolated within what you see as shameful imperfection, acknowledging that everyone has private internal struggle can help you feel more connected and less ashamed.

4 Ways to Be a Good Friend During a Friend's Breakup

What can you say? What should you do? You care about your friend, but you know trying to be there for your friend is fraught with no-win situations and conflicts.

Bargaining With Your Past Creates Regret in the Present

Hindsight can illuminate how you could have handled something differently. But what gets lost, is context. As you engage in retroactive bargaining with your past, you are doing it with all the knowledge you have now without taking into account what you knew and who you were at the time.

Sex on the First Date? Don’t Feel Ashamed

Despite women’s progress in shedding some of the shame attached to their sexuality, there is an over-arching message that many women have received, warning them “not to have sex on the first date or it will ruin your chances for a second date!”

How Your Identity Can Feel Threatened In a Relationship

It can feel as if you're losing your identity in a relationship. And so any fight can feel like a fight for your life. Here's how to defuse the tendency for little fights to turn big.