Real Connection

Real Connection

We're obsessed with connecting. Of course, it takes more than a click—or a friend request—to keep a relationship going. But is virtual interaction really so bad? Text messages and tweets can't match the depth of face-to-face contact, but they may serve other purposes.

Can You Have Too Many Friends?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D.
One psychologist identifies a critical mass.

Perpetual Connection

By Stephanie Newman Ph.D.
The teen vs. technology conundrum.

Using Silence to Improve Connection

By Elaine Shpungin Ph.D.
What happens when one couple takes silent vow during romantic getaway?

Extramarital Affairs in the New Millennium

By Nancy Kalish Ph.D.
Does Facebook cause people to cheat?

The False Face of Our Social Media Persona

By Michael J Formica MS, MA, EdM
Fundamental pitfalls of social media relationships

An Ecology of Mind

By Marilyn Wedge Ph.D.
Mind and nature are a unity.

Words Can Be Your Relationship Deal-breaker

By Rita Watson MPH
Watching your words can save a relationship.

Are Americans Becoming More and More Isolated? [UPDATED]

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D.
Americans have more friends they talk to weekly than they did in 2002

Time is the currency of self-esteem

By Lynne Griffin R.N., M.Ed.
Nurturing healthy self-esteem in your child takes time.

Quitting Facebook Could Make You Happier

By Michael W Austin
Facebook can make you bitter about your own life

See Beings Not Bodies

By Rick Hanson Ph.D.
When we encounter someone, the mind summarizes & simplifies tons of details.

Am I worthy? Lesson 1 in Vulnerability

By Jaime Booth Cundy BSW, MAPP
What does it take to be truly vulnerable?

Listen Your Way Up the Ladder

By Nancy Ancowitz
Open doors with your ears

Is Nagging The Marriage Killer?

By J. R. Bruns M.D.
Is nagging really the problem in your relationship?

Is Online Dating as Much Fun as You Thought it Would Be?

By Donna Barstow
A cartoon about how to handle a boyfriend who you've never met.

Seven Ways to Say “No” and Keep Good Relations

By Preston Ni M.S.B.A.
Set your boundaries without feeling guilty.

Facebook and Your Social Brain

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
This is your brain on Facebook

Five Keys to Enhancing Your Emotional Intelligence

By Preston Ni M.S.B.A.
Ninety Percent of High Performers Possess High EQ

Open Mouth, Insert Duct Tape. 5 Things NOT to Say to A Special Needs Parent

By Gina Gallagher
If you don't have something nice to say, duct tape your mouth.

Let Gratitude Bring Back Your Smile

By Rita Watson MPH
If we can let go of anger and sadness, we might just find our smile.

Love Lessons #1: Let there be space in your togetherness

By Jennifer Kunst Ph.D.
How build relationships that last

Why Facebook is Failing

By Jeff Wise
What the psychology of gossip tells us about successful social networking.

Love Online: Dating Expert's Advice and the Love Letter Wish

By Rita Watson MPH
Facebook is becoming both a social support and a matchmaker.

The Power of Silence

By Bob Edelstein L.M.F.T., M.F.T
Valuing silence leads to a deeper connection with ourselves.

The Difference Between a Monologue and a Dialogue

By Kim Schneiderman L.C.S.W., M.S.W
Listening is one of the greatest acts of love...and often the hardest

Building a Muscular Empathy

By Viral Mehta
On mirror neurons and developing the gift of empathy

What Matters to You and Why?

By Thomas G Plante Ph.D., ABPP
Ask deeper questions for deeper connections.

Mind-Reading: When A Friend Doesn't Tell You What's She's Thinking

By Irene S Levine Ph.D.
It's always a mistake to let little problems in a relationship fester.

Can your partner change? Believe it, even if you don't see it.

By Samantha Smithstein Psy.D.
Perception of your partner makes or breaks your own happiness.

Live With Impermanence...And Discover Your True Self

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D.
Embracing impermanence in life helps you discover your true self

Facebook: The Psychology of Social Media

By Peter Noel Murray Ph.D.
Why consumers 'like' brand pages on Facebook.

How Technological Distractions Destroy Connections

By Susan Heitler Ph.D.
A college student observes how tech interruptions thwart relationships.

The Rock and the Hard Place

By Bill Kahn Ph.D.
Difficult moments don't just go away because we look away.

How Emotionally Attached Are You to Your Pet?

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
10 ways to measure the role of pets in your life

College Confidential Part II: Advice on How to Parent College Students FROM College Students

By Pamela Cytrynbaum
Dear Mom: The secret lives of college students revealed

Resilience when Working for Change

By Miki Kashtan Ph.D.
Sources of Resilience

Does ‘No Such Thing As Bad Publicity’ Apply To Psychologists?

By Pamela B Rutledge Ph.D., M.B.A.
If bad publicity is bad for psychologists, is no publicity worse?

Love Good Kissing? Date Generous Men Not Cheap Ones

By Rita Watson MPH
The most delicious kisses are those given in love.

Are You Less Interesting Than A Squirrel?

By Mary C Lamia Ph.D.
What makes you more captivating than a competitor?

Psychosexual Skill Exercises to Enhance Your Sexual Desire and Satisfaction

By Barry W McCarthy Ph.D.
In the optimal relationship partners feel comfortable initiating intercourse.

Authentic Kindness Matters To Your Fulfillment

By Deborah Khoshaba Psy.D.
Authentic kindness is a decision, rather than a compulsion to act nice.

Five is Male and Pure Blue

By Maureen Seaberg
A Texas family shares their synesthetic impressions

E-Connections

By Sherrie Bourg Carter Psy.D.
Does social media help or hurt our relationships?

When You Die, Do You Wake Up in the Morning?

By Robert Lanza M.D.
When you die, do you wake up in the morning?

Passion between the covers: SexualityToday reviews Fifty Shades of Grey

By Stephen Snyder M.D.
Erotic fiction that won't take no for an answer

Getting Over the Demise of an Online Friendship

By Irene S Levine Ph.D.
Talk about friendship problems when they occur, sooner rather than later.

What’s Your Intimacy Quotient?

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
Take a 6-question quiz to find out how capable you are of intimacy