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3 Best and Worst Ways to Be a Friend When a Friend Needs You

A recent news article suggests that people need friends as well as lovers. When your friend’s relationship is in trouble, research shows what to do and not do as a confidant.

My Partner Cheated on Me—Should I Try to Make It Work?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on October 12, 2017 in ExperiMentations
How do we decide whether to stay or go after someone cheats on us? New research sheds light on the decision-making process and helps us understand our own relationships.

3 Signs You’re in a Bad Relationship

By Kelly Campbell Ph.D. on October 02, 2017 in More Than Chemistry
It is difficult to admit is that a relationship that started out so great has turned into something bad. Here are three signs that it might be time to end your relationship.

14 Questions to Ask About the Quality of Your Relationship

Considering the many factors involved in relationships, it might seem impossible to narrow them down to a reasonable number. New research shows which are the 14 common elements.

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Consumed by Anger Long After the Marriage Ends

Abandoned wives say that they hate feeling angry all the time but they can't stop. They seek revenge and wish they could make their ex-husbands suffer what they have suffered.

Fathering in the Quiet Moments

How can fathers create meaningful relationships with their children? A few simple tasks can go a long way.

5 Reasons Fear of Failure Sustains Toxic Love

There is far greater risk in holding onto unhappy relationships that do not meet an individual’s needs than there is in moving on. Five reasons fear of failure keeps people stuck.

Love, Sex, and Marriage in Ancient Egypt

By Neel Burton M.D. on October 03, 2017 in Hide and Seek
This oldest of civilizations could be surprisingly liberal.

An Open Letter to Therapists About Your Divorcing Clients

Therapists can do more harm than good if they don't know how to support divorcing clients

Two Magic Words that Keep Relationships Together

Here are the two most healing words in the English language--and why.

Can You Be Vulnerable in Love?

Many partner up for the long term, and even marry and have families together, and yet all along the relationship misses one important quality — intimacy.
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The Marital Fight That Never Ends

This vicious cycle is a marriage-busting monster.

5 Habits of Successful Daters

Why is it that some people can date with ease and authenticity while others feel awkward and inhibited? Here are 5 habits of successful daters.

Embracing Diversity in Relationships

How do we shift from a phase of unity and harmony in our relationships to embracing diversity? How do we be our true selves with another person who is different from us?
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Can Divorce Cause Addiction?

When choosing comfort after your split, make sure it's not something you might lean on too much.

3 Relationship Compromises You Should Never Make

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on September 25, 2017 in The Squeaky Wheel
All long-term relationships involve compromises, but some of them can be destructive.

Marriages Come and Go, but High-Conflict Divorce Is Forever

By Linda Esposito LCSW on September 24, 2017 in From Anxiety to Zen
Are you tired of battling your ex and seeing your kids suffer? A few adjustments can lead to a more peaceful parenting plan.

Maybe You Should Get Married

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on September 15, 2017 in Clear Communication
Before you make a copy of your house key, read this before cohabitating.

Why Luann de Lesseps is Now Luann de Divorce

Why she should have seen her divorce coming from a mile away.

I'm Not Sure If I Should Break Up With My Girlfriend

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on September 04, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
How To Handle A Relationship With A Depressed Partner

1-on-1 Opposite Sex Friends: A Blind Spot Threat to Marriage

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in Clear Communication
Check your mirrors. Giving up friendship freedom may save your marriage. Here's five tips on how to manage friendships with the opposite sex without compromising your marriage.

A New Toxic Trend in Relationships: Is Yours at Risk?

Do you look to your partner to support for your own self-expression? A cultural trend is having unforeseen consequences for couples.

When the Church Harms Your Child

How do families survive clergy child sexual abuse?

How Do We Decide Whether or Not to Break Up?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on August 07, 2017 in ExperiMentations
What factors do we weigh when deciding to leave a long-term relationship? How does attachment style influence decision-making? New research provides additional insight.

The Irrationality of Marriage

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on August 06, 2017 in Trust
How can we commit whole-heartedly, when we know divorce is so common?

Trying to Help People Help Themselves Can Be Challenging

Never underestimate the degree to which our emotions influence our processing of information related to decision making.

What Future for the Family?

By Neel Burton M.D. on August 01, 2017 in Hide and Seek
Families are becoming much more diverse.
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Protecting Kids From Divorce Tug-Of-Wars: 10 Golden Rules

Tips and tools to protect children through the loss and conflict of divorce.

Fact and Fiction in Mixed-Race Marriages

By David Ludden Ph.D. on July 30, 2017 in Talking Apes
Biracial partners face some special challenges, but mostly they struggle with the same problems as other couples.

Is an Increase in Individualism Damaging Our Mental Health?

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on July 28, 2017 in Talking About Men
New research indicates that we are becoming more and more individualistic. Is this having a negative effect on our mental health?

Why Is Recovering from a Breakup Easier for Some Women?

Wonder why you are still struggling to recover from a breakup that happened long ago? Three factors may explain why.
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There Really Is a One-Minute "Marriage Cleanse"?

Too busy for a "date night"? Try this instead.

4 Red Flags That a Relationship Is Headed for a Breakup

Generally these four factors cause people to eventually break up, divorce, or stay miserably together.

Facebook Infidelity: 10 Safeguards Your Marriage Needs Today

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on July 18, 2017 in Clear Communication
Most Americans now consider this cheating. Do you? It's time to fight this marriage cancer. Here's how...