Is Your Childhood Wrecking Your Love Life?

One of the legacies of childhood is how well or badly we connect to others, both in friendship as well as intimate settings. How your childhood experiences may shape your ability to love and be loved today, and how to understand and recognize patterns of insecure attachment.

Why You May Want to Be a Cat Person (Or Have One Around)

Are Cat people really that different from Dog people? Actually, they are in some respects. But does that mean that never the twain shall meet? The low-down on the special qualities Cat people have...

3 Myths About Romance You Probably Believe (But Shouldn't)

When we think about relationships, sometimes our thinking is just plain wrong or uninformed, thanks to the brain... Really,

Healing Unloved Daughters and the Art of Kintsugi

What do we mean when we speak of being healed? When it comes to getting past the influence of a bad childhood, is healing or becoming whole possible? Or even desirable?

Unloved Daughters and Their Siblings: Five Common Patterns

The lack of maternal love shapes a daughter in myriad ways but it alters the dynamic of the family as well. Taking a close look at what happens between and among brothers and sisters when a mother is unloving...

Notes from My Divorce: 5 Coping Strategies that Worked

Stressful situations, such as divorce, put our emotional skillsets to the test. Here's one writer's take on what research recommends and what worked for her in real life.

Is Cheating Our New Normal?

Have we become a nation of cheaters, so focused on getting what we want that we don't care what means we use?

Why We Care So Much About What Others Think of Us

Are we hardwired to crave status and to respond to people in programmed ways depending on their status? Is status about what money can buy or something else? A close look at what the research shows...

Why Regret May Not Always Be a Bad Thing (But Sometimes Is)

Regret, paradoxically, can both make you unhappy and, sometimes, provide the boost you need to make better choices for yourself and increase your happiness. A look at how regret functions in different individual's lives.

Unloved Daughters and the Pain of Mother's Day

While for many children, Mother's Day is one of true celebration, it's a day to be gotten through, survived, or ignored for others. Why is it that we continue to look away from an unpleasant truth: that, sometimes, Mother's Day hurts?

What Pet Owners Can't Know About Their Pets

Dog owners universally ascribe complex emotions to their furry companions. But what's really going on? Do dogs feel what we think they feel or are we all just projecting?

Are You on the Fence? 10 Questions to Help Set Yourself Free

Are you someone who second-guesses every big decision to death? Do you find yourself unable to move one way or another? Here are some questions that can possibly help...

When Words Are Weapons: 10 Responses Everyone Should Avoid

We often wrongly discount the effect of emotional abuse that's unaccompanied by the physical component. But words can and do hurt. What you need to realize so that your vocabulary doesn't become an arsenal.

Why the Story of Cinderella Still Enchants

Does the world really need another Cinderella movie? Well, maybe it does. A look at what fairy tales teach us and our children.

Jealous Mothers and Their Daughters: The Last Dirty Secret?

Maternal envy, perhaps the biggest taboo of all, needs to be addressed and discussed, not just for the sake of daughters but for mothers as well.

Are You Too Clingy? Is Your Partner?

Our childhood experiences can influence us in our day-to-day adult lives, especially in the arena of intimate relationships. Are you able to find the balance between being yourself and part of a dyad? If not, you should probably read this...

5 Things You Need to Know About Resilience

When we speak of someone being "resilient," we tend to think of it as a character strength. But what is resilience anyway, and what does it take to weather the setbacks in life? A look at the research reveals much...

A Mother's Love: Myths, Misconceptions, and Truths

Commonly held ideas about motherhood shape the dialogue we have culturally, get in the way of understanding parent-child conflict, and affect each of us individually by setting a high and sometimes impossible standard. Why it's time to banish some of the myths that animate the discussion and start a new conversation.

10 Issues That Can Drive You Apart, and How to Beat Them

How close and connected you feel to your partner changes over time and can, alas, both ebb and flow. What you can do to increase intimacy in your relationship, based on science.

The 7 Worst Ways to Quit

When you leave a situation, a job, or a relationship, what's your quitting style? You will want to avoid all seven of these for sure......

8 Types of Toxic Patterns in Mother-Daughter Relationships

The legacy of an unloving mother requires patience and stamina to overcome. But within the common themes, there are still important differences.

Is the Number One Relationship Killer Threatening You?

If there's one issue that's guaranteed to put stress fractures in your marriage,other than infidelity, it's your finances. Why fighting about money can sink your relationship, and what research suggests you need to do about it, if you are.

3 Things Being A Cat Person or Dog Person Reveals About You

Does knowing whether someone prefers cats to dogs or dogs to cats give you insight into who they are? Should you be asking about pets when you choose a doctor or lawyer, or hire a realtor or a nanny? Here's what science knows.... and you should too.

8 Ways You Can Tell That It's the Right Time to Quit

There's no decision more gut-wrenching than deciding to give up on something that was once very important to you. An inside look at why it's hard to quit, and what you need to know before you do.

7 Foolproof Ways to Doom Your Resolutions

A research-based and utterly reliable guide for all of those intent on sabotaging change and self-improvement.. Really.

The Most Toxic Pattern in Any Relationship

Of all the behaviors that can damage or torpedo relationships, there's one that's been singled out as especially pernicious. Is this a pattern of interaction at your house? Or do you sometimes get perilously close? If so, ignore this post at your own risk.

5 Things About Your Memory That You Shouldn't Forget

We bask in the memories of moments in life that made us feel happy and proud and take heed of those that brought us pain, sorrow, or disappointment. But how accurate or reliable are our memories exactly? A closer look at the science of recall...

Five Things Everyone Can Be Thankful For

Sometimes, when we feel stressed or under the gun, it's hard to be thankful. Here are five observations that should silence your inner kvetch, served up with just enough snarkiness and science to make it palatable.

Spark Your Creativity in Six Steps

Much of the creative process remains a mystery but if you want to enhance your own skill set, there's research that can help guide the way. Really.

6 Ways to Head Off Holiday Angst

Halloween's over and Thanksgiving is just weeks away. For some people, the feeling of dread is just beginning to settle in. How to prepare for the holidays emotionally, and get through what is, for some, the toughest season of the year

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