Essential Reads

When Your Relationship Ends, How to Find the Silver Lining

Getting over the end of your relationship can be a difficult process, but finding the silver lining will help you move on.

7 Ways to Tell if Your Relationship Is Just Right for You

Relationships are complicated, but some signs suggest they're headed in the right (or wrong!) direction.

Growth After Losing a Spouse

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 17, 2016 in Open Gently
Losing a spouse could actually help you fight illness. We get stronger.

What Does It Mean if Your Best Friend Is a Narcissist?

Narcissists may be attractive in the short-term, but maintaining a long-term friendship with a narcissist could put a strain on almost anyone. Are you up for the challenge?

More Posts on Relationships

What Opera Legend Andre Bocelli Taught Me about Peace

What did world renowned opera singer Andre Bocelli teach me about inner peace?

Untangle Yourself From Your Loved One's Addiction

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in A Family Affair
Sharing stories and taking action can help us deal with our loved one's addiction.

The Unconditional Love of Chonda Pierce

On the one hand, Pierce, the “Queen of Clean,” makes a successful living from laughter. On the other hand, Pierce has lived through years of tremendous sadness and tragedy...

Six Ways to Make Couples Therapy Work for You

Are you thinking about going to couples therapy? Avoid these common pitfalls for the best results.

People Who Prefer Dogs to Humans

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in How To Do Life
A surprising number do...and it may not be so irrational.

We Don't Know if Dogs Feel Guilt So Stop Saying They Don't

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 22, 2016 in Animal Emotions
Myths about dog behavior abound. Individual differences must be appreciated and it's essential to get things right so dogs and humans can live together as harmoniously as possible.

In Politics, is it Always Good to be a Woman?

Should Hillary play the Woman Card or the Human Card? Counteracting the stereotype of the female political candidate.

The Radicalism of Romantic Love

Does romantic love as a cultural ideal serve to legitimize traditional oppressive relationship structures and mediate the degradation, disempowerment and oppression of women?

The Value of Asking

To live a more satisfying life, ask questions, don’t make assumptions. And when you're confronted by assumptions, question them.

Is Pornography Helping or Hurting in the Bedroom?

Pornography continues to be a hot topic in society. Even well known experts are now entering the discussion. What are they saying?

The Myth of Being Unlovable Part 2

For those of us who have been limited by the mistaken notion that we are unlovable, busting this particular myth with take us a long way toward well-being.

The Hypochondriac

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 21, 2016 in How To Do Life
Exploring issues of marriage, loyalty, and end-of-life.

Commencement: Words on Kindness and Justice Resound

Inspiring words at commencement ceremonies can resonate today in this era of political name-calling.

Forgiveness Goes Beyond Three Words

Forgiveness is not a feeling; forgiveness is an action.

Why We Get Caught in Power Struggles, and How to Let Them Go

Are you caught in a power struggle but (truth be told) don't really care about what you're fighting for?

Monogamy Is Not "Natural" For Human Beings

By E E Smith on May 20, 2016 in Not Born Yesterday
If the idea of mating for life went out with the so-called sexual revolution of the 1960's, and books like Open Marriage, why has monogamy become a hot button issue, so to speak?

Sexual Jealousy or Emotional Jealousy?

Women and men both produce testosterone. Is there a difference in production levels when a romantic rival enters the picture?

At the Gates of Commitment, Leave Illusions Behind

The biggest mistake we make in love is assuming that our partners' experience is the same as ours and that events and behaviors mean the same to them as they do to us.

The Myth of Being Unlovable, Part 1

When we are feeling unloved, our mind makes up a story about how unlovable we are, filling in details about our supposed faults.

Mastering Life's Transitions

Transitions from one chapter of our lives to the next can be a challenge. The key is to step back, think big picture, move forward, and have realistic expectations. Some tips., used with permission

Dangerous Lies

Are there some secrets worth killing for? For two men leading double lives, the answer was yes.

How Will a Baby Affect Your Relationship?

Some couples survive the transition to parenthood better than others. Here's what the research says about first-time parents.

How Does Your Brain Tell You That You Are in Love?

What happens in the brain when we fall in love? Do modern scanning techniques tell us?

6 Openings for Talking to Kids About Sex and Gender

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on May 19, 2016 in Full Living
We want to be one of the people our kids talk to about sex, sexuality, orientation and gender. Even if it terrifies us.

Report From the APA: It’s About Love

The American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting brought together over 10,000 attendees from all over the world. It was inspiring, informative, thought provoking, and humbling.

Is Hillary an Enabler?

Standing by your man — is it an act of weakness?

Amazing New Concepts About Our Brain From 13 Brain Experts

What to learn more about what makes us, us?

"You Complete Me" or "Why I Need to Get a Life"

Waiting for someone to complete you is the sure way to fail at a relationship. Complete yourself and then find another completed soul.

What Kind of Text Message Makes You Jealous?

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on May 17, 2016 in Love, Digitally
Checking the messages on your partner's phone is going to make you jealous.