We Need a National Anti-Loneliness Campaign for the Holidays

The holidays can be an acutely lonely period for millions of people. Here's what you can do about it:

Why Psychologists Never Give a Straight Answer

Although I understand people’s exasperation with psychologists’ inability to give a straight answer to a seemingly simple question, there is nothing we can actually do about it. Here's why:

10 Things Passive People Say

When passivity becomes our default way of responding and interacting and determines our general approach to life, it hurts us in ways we might not realize: Here's what to look for:

15 First Date Mistakes You Should Avoid

Small mistakes can ruin your chances of getting a second date. Here are the most common ones to avoid:

10 Signs of Seasonal Depression (and 6 Ways to Fight It)

When the days get shorter, the sun shines lower in the sky and the weather gets colder people often experience a drop in mood. Sometimes the drop is really big. Here's what you need to know:

The Martian Totally Neglects the Behavioral Sciences

The Martian is very proud of it's accurate depiction of sciences--so why was psychology entirely absent?

7 Quick Ways to Stop Being Irritable

Irritability is the carbon monoxide of emotional pollutants, but here's what you can do about it.

This Is the Difference Between Sadness and Depression

Because we associate depression with its primary symptom of pervasive sadness, many of us struggle to tell the difference between these two common psychological states. And that is a huge problem.

Why a Simple Phrase Can Save Your Relationship

After nine years of marriage, Elisha and Elon knew two things for sure; that they still loved one another and that unless they stopped having such bad arguments, they’d never make it to their tenth anniversary. Here's what happened:

Video Games Impact Your Feelings in Real Life

With an estimated 59% of the population playing video games, it’s time we paid more attention to their psychological impact.

Why the Colors You See Aren't Always True

Sadness and depression have a huge impact on our perceptions of the world around us, including our ability to perceive color. But which color is most affected by our mood?

10 Common Relationship Myths (and Why They're All Wrong)

We enter into relationships with certain beliefs about what good relationships are supposed to be like and how we’re supposed to feel within them. But what if we're wrong?

Seven Ways to Boost Your Emotional Courage

Many situations in life call upon us to do something we find scary, upsetting, uncomfortable, anxiety provoking, or distressing. Here's how to find the courage to tackle them head on.

How Loneliness Tricks People Into Staying Lonely

A new study illuminates one of the main reasons it is so hard for lonely people to break the cycle of disconnection that traps them in their misery. Read on to learn more.

Ten Tips for Making a Family Vacation Great

Why do so many family vacations fail to live up to our expectations and what can we do about it? Read on to discover the secret to making family vacations great.

Seven Reasons We Are Captivated by the Number Seven

Why do we find the number 7 so alluring and fascinating? It turns out seven is our favorite number for a broad variety of reasons--seven of them.

How Psychologists Can Help Curb Cheating in Sports

It seems as if every week a new scandal involving cheating and antisocial behavior in sports is capturing the headlines—and psychologists are finally stepping in to solve the problem.

7 Characteristics of Emotionally Strong People

Emotionally strong people are better able to manage the stresses and distresses of daily life, and recover more quickly from challenges and crises when they arise. But since emotional strength refers to a person’s internal coping abilities—how good are we at judging a person’s internal fortitude based on what we see on the outside?

3 Facts Everyone Needs to Know About Couples and Affairs

How would you respond if a friend or loved one decided to stay with a partner who had cheated?

How to Keep Fights from Destroying Your Relationship

The most common forms of miscommunication that lead to heated arguments are also the ones we least expect.

5 Ways to Make Peace with Your Partner's Pet

You might love the new man or woman in your life but what do you do when you can't stand their pet?

What Will Your Social Life Be Like in 20 Years?

Can we predict who might be at risk for becoming lonely later in life?

How Well Do You Understand Your Emotions?

How tuned in are you to your emotions?

When You Need Compassion, Who Can You Really Count On?

When you want to reach out after an emotionally distressing event, which person is more likely to be compassionate and supportive, someone who has been through a similar experience or someone who has not? Read on to find out...

Why Inappropriate Laughter Is Often Contagious

The worst case of inappropriate laughter I've ever seen—can you resist giggling when you see it?

The 7 Habits of Truly Genuine People

Being authentic requires a different approach to life—here's what you need to know:

The Surprising Upside of Guilt and Shame

Guilt and shame are extremely unpleasant emotions that can cause deep psychological wounds and impact our lives in significant ways--but might they also have an upside?

Is Your Job Ruining Your Marriage?

Most of us have had the impulse to yell at our boss or even burst into tears at work—but we typically don’t, because we don’t want to get fired. But suppressing our emotions at work can have a big impact on our home lives. Here's why:

10 Surprising Reasons You Shouldn't Brood

We typically try to process painful or upsetting experiences by self-reflecting and thinking about them. While it is common to replay distressing events in our minds, there are healthy and unhealthy ways to do it. Do you know the difference?

What the Experts Really Think About '50 Shades of Grey'

What relationship experts really think about the book and upcoming movie may surprise you...