Attachment Essential Reads

A Simple Tool for Greater Relationship Satisfaction

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on August 18, 2017 in ExperiMentations
In today's hectic, sometimes lonely, day and age, proven tools to increase passion and relationship satisfaction are a sought after commodity. Research is illuminating, and useful.

How Men Really Feel about Sex

Sex begins in the body. While women’s desire for sex may be prompted by their mind, memory or emotional feelings of connection, for men, desire is physical...

Why You Can’t Be Without Your Phone

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on August 02, 2017 in Love, Digitally
Do we become attached to phones as human attachment substitutes? Anxiously attached people keep their phones close to be in constant contact with other people.
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You Really Need to Be Tracking Your Dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on August 01, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Recording and working with your dreams on a regular basis may allow you to better predict your illnesses, cultivate your creativity and improve your daily social interactions.

How Childhood Emotional Trauma Impacts Adult Relationships

By Andrea Brandt Ph.D. M.F.T. on August 01, 2017 in Mindful Anger
There are many ways childhood emotional trauma continues to affect you even after you've grown up.

She's Such a Kind, Malicious Narcissist

By Steven Berglas Ph.D. on July 19, 2017 in Executive Ego
There's a paradoxical form of narcissism that involves compulsive giving. Essentially it's a way of bribing people into attachment.

Secure Attachment: The Norm in Interethnic Relationships

How accurate are negative stereotypes about individuals who form long-term relationships across ethnic lines? Attachment studies suggest that the stereotypes are false.
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What Causes Someone to Develop an Eating Disorder?

Individuals with eating disorders are suffering because of an inadequate attachment with their caregivers.
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Timing Matters in the Effects of Neglect on Development

By Rebecca Compton Ph.D. on July 18, 2017 in Adopting Reason
How much can stable, nurturing homes help children overcome the effects of severe early neglect?

The Challenges of Intimacy

By Neel Burton M.D. on July 18, 2017 in Hide and Seek
Why intimacy requires constant vigilance.

The Danger of Secrecy: What Happens to Unanswered Questions?

A child raised in an environment of secrecy receives the unspoken message that the subject of adoption is taboo, and they will continue to have unanswered questions multiply.

Do Dogs and Cats Have the Same Emotional Responses?

Although both cats and dogs show basic emotions, new data suggests that cats are less likely to show complex emotions than dogs.
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How to Deal With Your Partner’s Jealousy

By David Ludden Ph.D. on July 07, 2017 in Talking Apes
If your understand your own and your partner’s attachment style, you can effectively resolve the inevitable conflicts in your relationship.

Love Blinds: Why We Miss Dishonesty in Close Relationships

Close relationships offer intimacy, comfort, and security. Unfortunately, they also offer excellent opportunities for deception.

Five Signs That Your Partner Is Not Right for You

Does your partner take you for granted? Do you have the same core values? Do you really care about each other? Read on to see if you are right for each other.

Six Ways Developmental Trauma Shapes Adult Identity

Dissociation unplugs us from ourselves, interfering with identity formation throughout development. Recovery starts with recognition, moving toward more connected identities.

Leaving an Entire Caseload of Patients

When therapists think about termination, they generally focus on minimizing the negative impact for patients. But what happens when you have to say goodbye to many of them at once?

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.

Are Young Women With Older Men Looking for a Daddy?

Relationships with a significant age gap almost always trigger raised eyebrows. Research helps to determine whether those raised eyebrows are justified.

Why Some People Just Have Difficult Relationships

You may regard yourself as pretty easy-going, so why are some people in your life so very hard to get along with? New research shows why the difficult are so difficult.

This Is Your Brain Falling in Love

By Lydia Denworth on June 02, 2017 in Brain Waves
A new study let scientists get a glimpse of what happens when one individual is becoming attracted to another.

Toxic Friend or Just the Product of a Toxic Environment?

Sometimes non-toxic friends display toxic relationship behaviors.
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What Counts As Intimacy? Not Everyone Agrees

By Tim Cole Ph.D. on May 18, 2017 in Intimate Portrait
How do you define intimacy in your relationship? Knowing your attachment style can help.

Is Depression Apart from Grief or a Part of Grief?

The title above alludes to a really tricky question. And a complicated one, too. For the answer to this two-part inquiry is, well, “Yes” and “Yes.”

Mother’s Day Manifesto for Grieving Mothers

By Allen J Frances M.D. on May 13, 2017 in Saving Normal
It is time to get back to the original intent of Mother's Day: a loving tribute to all mothers, especially those who are grieving the loss of a child.
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Are You a Good Enough Mother?

By Barb Cohen on May 11, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
All parents commit missteps, but the fact is that ours seem more consequential. Is being good, good enough?

The Gift and the Sacrifice of Breastfeeding

Doctors tout the benefits of breastfeeding, often using the phrase "Breast is Best." According to research, nursing has benefits, but it can also come at a cost for some moms.