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Headed for Divorce This Year?

These alternatives to divorce might just save your marriage.

4 Clear Signs It Is Time to Let Go of Your Relationship

By Jennice Vilhauer Ph.D. on December 31, 2017 in Living Forward
People invest so much in their relationships it can be hard to know when to stop trying and just let it go. Here are 4 signs that indicate that it is time to move on.

An Ingenious Way to Predict If Your Partner Will Cheat

Predicting who will cheat and who will be faithful in a romantic relationship can be tricky, but new research on parental infidelity suggests a surprisingly useful strategy.

Amy Sue Nathan: Learning to Love Being Alone

By Jennifer Haupt on November 23, 2017 in One True Thing
I had tackled the layers of divorce, both legal and personal... But I had never spent so much as a weekend alone in ten years, until the kids went to visit their dad.

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Love Without a Future

What if we spent our effort getting to know, deeply, who this other person is and what their life is about, and love was about supporting that, even if it takes them away from us?

Considering Reconciliation? Answer These Questions First

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on October 25, 2017 in Finding Love
Real love is an ongoing saga of "rupture and repair.” Trying to reconcile is brave. It's hopeful. But if you want it to actually work, be sure to answer the following questions.

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

By David Bedrick J.D., Dipl. PW on September 29, 2017 in Is Psychology Making Us Sick?
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?

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

By Mark B. Baer, Esq. on August 04, 2017 in Empathy and Relationships
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.