When Trauma Affects Your Trust in Your Relationship

Trauma can affect trust and connection in relationships and leave you seeking safety and comfort. Learn how to realistically ask for healthy support from your partner.

Why Donald J. Trump is Unfit to be President

Donald J. Trump's distorted thinking and impulsive behavior, combined with his fixation on his own importance, directly imperils our safety as citizens of the United States.

Why Successful Women Gravitate Toward Younger Men

If you’re a successful woman who gravitates toward younger men, it may be because you appreciate the non-defensive willingness to absorb what you can provide.

You Are Not Alone in Being Retraumatized by Trump

Physical connection, emotional connection, and sharing your struggle with others will help you find strength and unity in this time of political upheaval.

Understanding the Roots of Political "Bully Culture"

This election taps into a primal formation of belief that a female cannot be Commander-in-Chief of all men.

4 Clues to Hillary’s Real Character

We no longer trust anything that politicians say. It is their actions that count. So what can we learn about Hillary Clinton’s character from her actions?

Words Are Words—How Can We Know a Candidate's Character?

Chelsea and the Trump children have chosen very different avenues to invest their family resources.

Why It's So Hard to Get Over Some Breakup

Chances are the more tumultuous the relationship was while you were in it, the more tumultuous your response in the aftermath of breakup will be.

On Memorial Day, This Is What Patriotism Means to Me

Patriotism is unity with a collective goal: to protect, serve and honor the country that hosts us, and most importantly, its people.

How to Find Your New Self After Breakup

It can feel like the only way you will get through the next minute is to hear your ex’s voice: Like they are the anchor that brings you back to who you understand yourself to be.

5 Ways to Help Me Through My Breakup

Here's how to help your loved ones help you.

Is Your Partner Angry or Just Speaking With Emphasis?

When you and your partner misinterpret each other’s expressions of excitement or intensity, it can evoke frustration. Then what started out as emphasis can escalate into anger.

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

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.