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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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
The human conundrum is that we are hardwired to need and want deep emotional connections with our mothers during infancy and childhood and that being deprived of those
connections has lasting effects. But recovery is possible.
It's true enough that sometimes, when relationships go into a decline, there seems to be an unstoppable momentum to the fights and arguments. Research shows what you and your partner can do to make things better.
Being able to forgive is generally associated with all manner of positive benefits, including increasing life satisfaction, letting go of anger, and more. But is forgiveness really the cure-all the culture thinks? According to research, not always.
Joan Rivers is rightly being eulogized as a trailblazer in her field, a mistress of the quip, and much more, but there's another taboo she took on. How a reality show gave us a glimpse into the reality of a very special mother-daughter relationship,
Do you realize that your physical surroundings can shape both your thoughts and your actions, without your being any the wiser? Or that women react differently to potential competition if the rival is wearing is red? A revelatory look at the role unconscious and unperceived "snap judgments" play in human life.
Even though many more good things happen to us in the course of a week or a lifetime, it's the bad things that have the greatest impact. Taking a close look at the negativity bias and why it works the way it does.
Much has been written about the "pornification" of the United States as sexually-explicit material has become more mainstream and acceptable. But studies show that effects of watching pornography on how people relate are far more subtle and nuanced than we think, and may be getting in the way of our ability to connect and commit.