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How to Handle a Toxic Divorce

Most divorces begin with hurt. A toxic divorce is a completely different scenario.

Four Ways Healthy Love Can Turn Toxic

Coupling up and committing can bring enormous joy and wellbeing. When done poorly however, what once felt like closeness can easily turn toxic. Here are four traps to avoid.

16-Year Study: Surprising Findings about Marriage and Health

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 27, 2017 in Living Single
In a 16-year study, more than 11,000 people were followed as they married and divorced. Here’s what happened to their health, life satisfaction, and depression.

Why Do Unhappy Couples Stay Together?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on May 21, 2017 in Talking Apes
Future expectations are a better predictor of whether a relationship will last than are current levels of satisfaction.

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Digital Abuse in Relationships: What You Need to Know

By Michele Ybarra MPH, Ph.D. on May 17, 2017 in Connected
Learn how, and how often, digital technology is being used by domestic abusers to victimize their partners.

10 Ways to Have an Easier Relationship With Your In-Laws

In-law relationships can be very complicated.

7 Ways to Co-Parent Peacefully After a High-Conflict Divorce

Recovering from the circus-like atmosphere of a contentious divorce means taking care of your mind, body and spirit in order to parent with peace of mind. These 7 tips can help.

Fast Friends or Friends Fast

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 14, 2017 in Ambigamy
Clinging to old friends for fear of being stranded alone? There's another way. Get faster at turning new acquaintances into easy cozy friends.

You Think You’re Helping, Do You?

Considering that psychology is the study of the mind and behavior, shouldn't psychologists understand how things impact the mind and behavior?

Who Initiates Divorce More Often?

By Joanne Bagshaw Ph.D. on May 09, 2017 in The Third Wave
In heterosexual marriages, are women or men more likely to initiate divorce?

Be Positive. Be Neutral. Which Is It?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 05, 2017 in Ambigamy
Six practical tips for managing your loyalties and doubts, your positive certainty and your neutral receptivity, your open-mindedness and your closed-mindedness.

When Hiring a Lawyer or Mediator, Buyer Beware

Who is responsible when the public fails to understand the different dispute resolution processes and types of attorneys and mediators available, even after they retain someone?

4 Ways to Overcome a Toxic Relationship

If you're experiencing a toxic relationship, then you likely move in and out of a state of denial about how unhealthy it truly is. Here are 4 ways to overcome toxic love.

How Are False Beliefs Harming People?

How are yours and others' misguided biases, beliefs, assumptions, expectations, and values causing harm?

Shouldn't Lawyers Understand the Art of Persuasion?

Lawyers could more effectively represent their clients if they understood the art of persuasion.

Do Beautiful People Have Better Relationships?

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. on April 23, 2017 in Head Games
Good-looking people get a lot of breaks. But a new study finds that they may not be so lucky in love.

Is Willful Ignorance a Good Quality in an Attorney?

Why do family law attorneys ignore the research which supports the benefits of a facilitative over an adversarial approach for divorce and family law?

4 Ways to Not Beat Yourself Up Over Your Breakup

Instead of self-criticism, use an agonizing breakup or divorce to grow and to better know what to look for (and look out for) the next time around. Here are four ways.

Difficult Sexual Negotiations

By Ari Tuckman PsyD, MBA on April 20, 2017 in Sex Matters
Big sexual differences can derail your entire relationship, but they don’t have to.

Does Prince Harry Reveal How To Cope With Loss?

...the counterintuitive finding is that such a profoundly negative experience as losing a parent during childhood, can lead you to feel more gratitude or appreciation for life...

Divorce and Autism: Familiarity, Stability, Consistency

Children with autism thrive on familiarity, stability, and consistency. In divorce, work to maintain your child's relationships in the neighbourhood, school, and family.

The Big D

By Janet Hicks Ph.D. on April 12, 2017 in Raising Parents
How can I help my child survive our divorce?

Can You Divorce Your Family?

New research explains that communication is critical in distancing yourself from family.

What Toxic Jealousy Reveals

A wound that never heals repeatedly gets re-injured, leaving a person to feel entirely powerless. Ask yourself these 3 questions to begin escaping the toxic jealousy spiral.

What's "Best" Varies, Depending upon the Needs Involved

What's "better" or "best" in any situation is a matter of perspective, and the perspective that matters most is that held by the individuals in need of a given product or service.

4 Reasons Why Bad Marriages Are Worse for Kids Than Divorce

Staying in a toxic marriage can cause more damage than good. Here's how:

Donald Trump and Addictive Behaviors, Part II

By Stanton Peele on March 24, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Donald Trump's behavior in the aftermath of defeat is even more worrying than his bullying and gloating in victory.

Movies That Tell Us Life Is Livable, Even If It's Imperfect

By Stanton Peele on March 18, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Two new movies tell us that life is worth living, and love worth pursuing, even as it carries bitter disappointments.

Grandparents Affected by Adult Child Divorce

One of the lesser-mentioned advantages of co-parenting after divorce is that it can strengthen children's relationships with both sets of grandparents.

Thinking About Divorce or Suicide? Stop it! For 6 Months

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on March 14, 2017 in Full Living
Neither divorce nor suicidality is the easy way out, but first we must consider every vehicle, every effort, every courageous act to save what is most precious.

Starting Places for Learning About Good Divorce

By Wendy Paris on March 14, 2017 in Splitopia
From apps to websites to books to classes: my top picks for getting through divorce and managing co-parenting.

Five Forgiveness Exercises for Couples

Do you want a stronger relationship with your partner? If so, you might try these five forgiveness exercises.

21 Simple Things You Can Do to Feel Better Right Now

I know what it feels like to be really miserable. I’ve been there. So I made you a list of 21 simple things you can do to feel better right here, right now.

How to Stop the Break Up-Make Up Cycle

The pain of ending a meaningful relationship can be so great that many go back again and again to the same partner. Here are four ways to stop the break up-make up cycle.