Essential Reads

Is Pregnancy Contagious? How About Marriage or Divorce?

Our friends influence us in surprising ways.

The Value of Romantic Gestures

How our relationships would improve if we incorporated more romantic rituals.

The Scientific Case for Owning Up to Your Porn Use

Women are happier when they believe their partners are honest about porn habits.

Singles, You Can Lower Your Risk of Divorce

The things you can do before you marry that can change your odds of divorce

Recent Posts on Relationships

Beautiful People are Beautiful

When making romantic decisions, some people copy the preferences of others

Surprising Ways to Strengthen Your Relationship

Neuroscience provides new clues about what makes strong couples

What is Misogyny, Anyway?

Misogynists don't simply hate women. They hate woman who don't act as if they are inferior to men.

The Friendship Cleanse

A friendship cleanse can leave you feeling lighter and happier when you let go of the people who just weigh you down.

Can You Capture What You Love?

When you become passionate about something, or someone, you want to hold onto it, attach yourself to it, possess it. Fascinated or enchanted, you experience a high, your spirits soar. So naturally you desire to have the object of your attraction close by, to make it your own—and permanently. So what’s the problem with this? Unfortunately, just about everything...

Why I Failed to Advocate for Women

By Adam Grant Ph.D. on March 05, 2015 in Give and Take
Many men don't champion women because they're blind to gender biases

Is Pregnancy Contagious? How About Marriage or Divorce?

We think our relationship decisions are decisions we make: but are we being influenced by our friends?

42 Signs that You are a Narcissist

Discover your degree of self-centeredness with these 42 signs indicating narcissism.

The Value of Romantic Gestures

With Valentine's Day behind us many of us forget the importance of daily romantic gestures that can enhance our relationships and bring us closer to our partners.

What Is Your Life Goal? 5 Personal 'Bottom Lines'

Organizations measure their success based on measurable, “bottom line” variables. What about people? What are you striving for? What gives your life meaning? Here are personal bottom lines.

An International Adoptee's Need to Connect to Her Roots

An adult adoptee from India seeks funding for a documentary film about a search for her cultural roots.

Why is Mary Such a Bitch to Edith?

Beautiful, stylish, powerful Mary should really be secure enough in her own identity that she doesn’t need to diminish poor struggling Edith in order to confirm her superiority, yet she does. This sub-plot mirrors the truth about what goes on in many families, where often an older sister is ruthless in her need to keep her rival’s head below water so she can shine.

3 Signs It’s Time for a Friendship Break-Up

Knowing when it is time to let go of a friendship is a matter of personal preference, but there are 3 sure-fire signs that the relationship leaves you cold.

My Wife Drove My Son to Suicide

What to do when your wife hates your son

4 Secrets to Negotiate with Difficult People

By Aldo Civico Ph.D. on March 04, 2015 in Turning Point
Are you dealing with a grumpy teenager, or an impossible boss? Here are 4 secrets suggested by successful mediators to deal with difficult people and situations.

Hiding From Relationship—In Relationship

The suppression of the emotional vitality that we call passion is both the benefit and the cost of irrelationship, and a side effect of the process that creates it. Relationships can be enlisted in the service of defense in many ways. In irrelationship, the enlistment is constructed by two people, and enforced by both.

Adolescents Are Prone to Love Addiction

If someone falls in love and believes her love may be requited, parts of her brain take on the chemistry of a brain on cocaine.

Why is the Unattainable so Hot?

We crave what is mysterious. It arouses us and fascinates us. In that respect, the unattainable is similar to horror.

The Neuroscience of Intimacy

Why lovers touch each other the way they do

Why Do All the Bad Boys Come in Such Beautiful Packages?

By breaking social norms and acting in unpredictable ways, bad boys inspire fascination in us. Bad equals attractive, because distortions and deformities to normal behavior produce a sense of thrill, something that is easily confused with being in love.

If You Want Your Relationship to Flourish, Speak Up

You may not want to distract your partner from the tasks at hand even if you are feeling neglected. That being said, if you are feeling like you want to be closer to the one you love, you need to speak up. Many times, just a few words are all it takes to help your partner remember to take some steps in your direction.

The Scientific Case for Owning Up to Your Porn Use

Many people believe that porn use should be hidden from a relationship partner. However, a new study suggests that when women think their partners are honest about their porn use, they tend to be happier with their relationships.

Teasing: Seven Myths You'll Be Relieved To Debunk

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on March 03, 2015 in Ambigamy
"Touchy touchy. You're being too sensitive!" "No I'm not. You're just being incredibly insensitive." Here's a quick guide to deciding who is being hypersensitive and who is being insensitive.

How to Say What You Truly Mean

Saying what you mean is more than a matter of finding the right words. It’s the intonation, or tone of voice, that adds punch to our language. If you’re a victim of “uptalk,” without knowing it, you may be leaving people with a wrong, and confusing, impression.

Singles, You Can Lower Your Risk of Divorce

Many singles are interested in marriage but fear divorce. You can do things before marriage to increase your odds of lasting love in marriage.

The Most and Least Popular Dog Breeds

A full listing of the popularity ranking of all 178 breeds of dogs recognized by the American Kennel Club. The trends over the past five years show some interesting consistencies and some intriguing changes.

20 Expert Tactics for Dealing with Difficult People

You can't reason with an unreasonable person, but verbal de-escalation techniques can help. Learn how professionals handle the most difficult of situations.

What Does “Facebook Stalking” Mean for Your Relationship?

Social networking websites like Facebook give us unprecedented access to others’ lives, and the opportunity to spy on our romantic partners like never before. A new study investigates how this kind of Facebook surveillance is related to the types of relationships we have.

Divorce Equality

While there is a lot of press about gay marriage, there is much less reporting of gay divorces.

The Sexual Boundary Issue That's Seldom Discussed

By Michael Castleman M.A. on March 02, 2015 in All About Sex
Many couples struggle over men's wish to ejaculate into women's mouths and have them swallow.