Marriage Essential Reads

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Is Your Partner Passive-aggressive?

Passive-aggressive try to block whatever it is you want. You feel their unspoken anger. Learn the signs and what you can do.

How Does Your Age Difference Affect Your Relationship?

6 core questions to know if your age-gap relationship has what it takes to last.

It’s Not the Sex, But the Afterglow

By David Ludden Ph.D. on June 16, 2017 in Talking Apes
When it comes to marital happiness, frequent sex is not enough—it also has to be memorable.

Freedom in Forgiveness

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on June 13, 2017 in Clear Communication
Forgive and move forward.
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Choosing Children’s Surnames

Conventionally, women take their husband’s surname, as do any children. But as married women increasingly retain their birth surnames, how do couples decide on children’s surnames?
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The Truth about Abusers, Abuse, and What to Do

Abusers seek control because they're insecure, despite any outer success. Learn to spot them and what to do.

Five Keys to Good Communication During Conflict

Are you stuck in a cycle of negative communication in your relationship? A little respect can go a long way.

The Lord of the Wedding Ring: J.R.R. Tolkien’s True Love

Tolkien's new book, Beren and Luthien is coming out decades after the author’s death, but it tells a tale close to his heart.

Internet Infidelity: Today's Blind-Spot Threat to Marriage

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on June 01, 2017 in Clear Communication
Has your marriage or someone's marriage you know been devastated by Internet infidelity? Here's some tips with how to guard yours against going down that slippery slope.

Is Porn Use Really Harmful to Relationships?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on May 29, 2017 in Talking Apes
New research on porn and relationships: Despite the strident claims that scientists have proven porn use is harmful to relationships, there is in fact no such evidence.
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How to Talk to a Narcissist About Being Narcissistic

4 ways to communicate to a narcissist about narcissistic behavior.

Psychiatry and Tech: An Odd Couple, An Impending Marriage

The Engagement between Tech and Psychiatry Grows

The Five Best Ways to Ruin an Apology

Here's how to de-code those relationship-busting apologies in love and work.

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.

18 Questions to Ask Before Getting Married

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on May 24, 2017 in Friendship 2.0
The more love, the better. But love can often blind you to differences that need to be worked out before the wedding. Here are some unexpected things to think about.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Cheerleading

You can cheerlead for a loved one with encouragement, logistical, or material support. In showing love by expressing priorities, you helping them respect and love themselves.

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.

Masturbation and Marriage

By David J Ley Ph.D. on May 17, 2017 in Women Who Stray
Why do men and women masturbate within a relationship? Is it about more sex or not enough?
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Do You Love a Narcissist?

It’s easy to fall in love with narcissists. They cast a spell, but once you're hooked, the relationship revolves around them, and things change for the worse.

Can Being a Female Breadwinner Cost You Your Relationship?

7 signs that your relationship is at risk of romantic bankruptcy.

Open, Non-Monogamous, Poly or Designer Relationships

What do clinicians need to learn about open relationships in order to be better couples therapists?

Divorce Island

People change and act differently during divorce. I like to call it divorce island - a place where new rules apply. Learn more.

11 Ways We All Benefit When More People Are Single

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 07, 2017 in Living Single
Here are 11 ways that the rise of single people is making it possible for more people to live their best lives and for communities to thrive.

Geographical Differences in Love

Are you living in a region populated by highly anxious people? Research reveals where love comes easy.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Creating Together

Adult couples show love when they create together, whether a child, a family, a home, an enterprise or business, support for an initiative, or solutions to everyday challenges.
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The Divorce Decision

Are you frustrated in your marriage and not sure where to turn? Are you contemplating a divorce? Are you worried your spouse wants a divorce? Learn where to get help.

Do Half of All Marriages Really End in Divorce?

Does the thought that half of all marriages end in divorce have you afraid to tie the knot? That statistic is outdated, and knowing more about the facts can ease your fear.

A New Way to Predict Whether Your Partner Will Be Unfaithful

Being able to figure out how faithful your partner will be would seem to be a worthwhile goal. New research suggests a pretty simple, “skin-deep” method.

Is Divorce Bad for Your Health?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on April 21, 2017 in Talking Apes
Those who are ill-equipped for the demands of marriage won’t survive divorce very well either.

How Do Character Strengths Help (and Harm) Romance?

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in Curious?
This is the first study to suggests that the beliefs we hold about the personality strengths of our romantic partners influence our well-being and their well-being.