Essential Reads

I Turned Off My Cellphone for You

By Jan Albert on June 28, 2017 in Points of Observation
What in the world could convince a 20-Something to separate from his or her cellphone? Pratt University designers look to nature and the field of Biomimicry for inspiration.

Why Parents Make Us What We Are

Imprinted genes are critically implicated in nurture via their role in the brain and REM sleep.

How Maternal Personality Problems Affect Children

How does parental personality dysfunction affect the future mental health of offspring? New research highlights how psychological issues carry over through generations.

What's So Special About Dads

For Father's Day, we describe the science of what makes fathers unique from mothers, and the special role they play in child development.

More Posts on Attachment

Feeling Understood—Even More Important Than Feeling Loved?

Absent the substantial chemical attraction intrinsic to the heated glow of romantic love, can you actually stay in love with someone who you feel can’t “get” who you are?

What’s Normal?

By Kathryn Seifert Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in Stop The Cycle
When it comes to childhood aggression, what is normal and what is not? When does behavior cross the line from anger to aggression?

First Date

By Dianne Grande Ph.D. on June 19, 2017 in In It Together
Are you missing the important signs of a match on first dates? Here are some characteristics of a healthy, happy match.

For New Dads - Keys To A Great Experience

What do new fathers need? A review of survey findings and pragmatic tips about how to avoid common mistakes and make the most of your first years as a father.

Is Your Partner Facebook Cheating?

When your partner is a friend, fan, or follower of a romantic rival, how does such divided attention impact your relationship?

Are You at Risk for an Emotional Online Affair?

Committed partners should not seek emotional fulfillment online. Telling yourself you are “just looking” online puts you at risk for becoming emotionally attached to what you see.

Getting Straight About Love and Hate

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 16, 2017 in Ambigamy
We say we have love, not hate, in our hearts. It's not that simple.

How to Recover From an Online Emotional Affair

Recovery from an online affair requires disabling more than an Internet connection. To rebuild relational trust, a straying partner must disable online emotional connections.

Can't Get Through to Your Child?

As children develop, they naturally want to explore the world and learn for themselves. But they need to know that their parents are available, providing a safe base for them.

Three Nonverbal Behaviors That May Damage Your Marriage

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on June 12, 2017 in Clear Communication
Are you potentially asking for an extramarital affair without even knowing it?

Why That Person Who Hurt You Will Never Apologize

Here's why the person who hurt and betrayed you won't get it and feels no remorse.

Surprising Sources of Sexual Satisfaction

A satisfying sex life is more than just frequent intercourse or achieving orgasm; some surprising qualities can enhance our sexual experiences.

Four (Dysfunctional) Things We Do to Avoid Disapproval

To best understand yourself and how you relate to others, you need to consider how, as a child, you might have adapted to your parents’ only partial acceptance of you.

Dad Dynamics: The Balancing Act of Modern Fatherhood

By Michael Ascher M.D. on June 05, 2017 in Unhooked
Seven things dads can do to raise emotionally healthy children.

The "Battered Voter" Syndrome

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on June 04, 2017 in BrainSnacks
The "battered spouse" syndrome has a counterpart in a "battered voter" syndrome, if people hold a dependent attachment to an "ideological package" inimical to their own interests.

Love Is like a Butterfly

"Happiness is like a butterfly, when pursued is always beyond our grasp. But if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

5 Ways to Break Out of Frustrating Relationship Routines

If your partner is stuck in a 2-year-old's relational patterns, you may need to patiently model and encourage behavior change.

12 Ways to Get Past No

It is possible to say "No" in a way that honors your own truth, while still staying in positive contact with your child.

Growing Up in a False Reality

Seeking artificial validation not only results in addictive, destructive behaviors, it also displaces the very experiences that would otherwise offer us authentic validation.

How Important Is Your Dog in Your Family and Social Life?

New data shows just how significant a part of our social and family lives our dogs have become.

Pregnancy Causes Changes in Brain Structure

Specific brain regions change in volume when a woman becomes pregnant. These areas are associated with skills that may help a mother better understand the needs of her baby.

Casual Sex On Tinder

What goes into the decision-making process of people who use Tinder to hook up?

What Robots Can Teach Us about Intimacy

The Reassuring Effects of Robot Responsiveness

Confronting Singlism in the Psychology Classroom

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 02, 2017 in Living Single
Guest blogger Joan DelFattore finds that college students are more attuned to singlism now than in the past, but we all still have a lot to learn.

Find Happiness Through Connection

Gain a better understanding of people by balancing what you see them do with what you imagine they experience.

Loving vs. Judging: How to Keep Your Romance Alive

Most people admit that the most exciting time of their relationship occurred in courtship. And surely nothing quite compares to its freshness, novelty, and intriguing uncertainty.
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How Naked Are Your Boundaries?

By Diana Raab PhD on April 25, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Do you feel as if your boundaries are blurred or sometimes invaded? Personal boundaries are highly-individualized and your body can provide the answers you might need.

Learning How to Tease and Be Teased

By Nick Luxmoore on April 22, 2017 in Young People Up Close
Young people spend hours teasing each other and being teased. Why? Why do they do it? And how do they learn when to stop?

Are You the Pursuer or the Distancer in Your Relationship?

In most relationships, one partner has more desire for closeness, while the other has more need for distance. If you are part of a couple, which one are you?

The Good Reasons We Get Involved in Bad Relationships

Getting involved in bad relationships is not just bad luck. There are good reasons supported by research why we choose relationships that will ultimately be unfulfilling.