Relationships Essential Reads

Why Do Brain Injuries Look Like ADHD?

What you should know about the similarities and differences between brain injury and ADHD.

Criticizing Personal Autonomy

The free person is not the angry loner, willfully standing apart from those who would sap his energies. Nor is she the enthusiastic manager of others, who directs and controls their behaviors - and reaps the satisfactions of her manipulations. Free people are those who recognize the legitimacy of other people’s participation in their own lives

"Is Adolescence Really Necessary?"

In their disenchantment with some early adolescent changes in their child, parents wonder if this transformation really need be? The answer is: Yes, so the process of redefinition for growing up can get underway.

Why Women Don't Make the First Move

In the traditional world of dating, men ask and women wait to be asked. A new dating app is changing the rules, but what makes women wait in the first place?

The Difference between Sadness and Depression

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on October 02, 2015 The Squeaky Wheel
Because we associate depression with its primary symptom of pervasive sadness, many of us struggle to tell the difference between these two common psychological states. And that is a huge problem.

Are You Here? The Importance of Being Present

An instant efficiency fix in work and play.

Love and Fear With Liam Wilson of The Dillinger Escape Plan

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on October 01, 2015 Brick by Brick
Liam Wilson shares how he came to understand the power of questioning.

Is Marriage Worth It For Women?

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on October 01, 2015 Insight Therapy
Why are women more likely than men to initiate divorce?

6 Ways to Find Awe in Your Everyday Life

By Amie M. Gordon PhD on September 30, 2015 Between You and Me
Psychologists are busy at work trying to understand more about awe. Awe experiences aren't just pleasurable, they change how we see the world. Luckily, we don't need to be standing on Mt. Everest to feel awe and reap its benefits. We can get a bit of that right here at home, just by walking out our front doors or clicking the right buttons on our computer.

No, You Can’t Pick My Brain, But I’ll Talk to You Anyway

By Adam Grant Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 Give and Take
Why you might want to take that meeting

How to Fight Better

Recent research suggests that how you start a fight is more important than how you end it.

To Be More Creative try Being a Little Silly

Everyone can be a little silly at times, and depending on the circumstances, you might be more creative as a result. “Clever silly” ones can bring tremendous payoff, as long as you know how to express them.

Is it Narcissism—Or Just High, Healthy Self-esteem?

By Caroline Beaton on September 25, 2015 The Gen-Y Guide
How psychology tests are failing us: the data behind Millennial narcissism.

You Smell. And That's a Good Thing.

By David Ludden Ph.D. on September 23, 2015 Talking Apes
American culture has long been obsessed with body odor—and removing any trace of it. But body odor is an important component of our social interactions and can even trump the information received from vision or hearing.

Talking to Kids About Dating in a Non-Dating World

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on September 22, 2015 Grand Rounds
Can we still give our kids dating advice if none of our kids are dating?

Why Study Coincidences? Part 2

Meaningful coincidences can jolt us into examining our own minds and our relationship with the world in which our minds are immersed.

Do Happy Couples Really Sleep Better?

We know that the quality of a couple’s relationship influences each partner’s satisfaction, and that the quality of sleep influences feelings of an individual’s well-being. It turns out that your satisfaction with your relationship, combined with features of your personality, may actually affect the timing of your and your partner’s sleep-wake cycles during the night.

Five Reasons We Play the Blame Game

When something goes wrong in your life, is your first reaction to blame someone else? If so, you’re engaging in the very common behavior of the blame game. Unfortunately, there are no winners in this game, so knowing the 5 reasons for why you do this will benefit your relationships.

The Perils of Left and Right Swiping

By Sean M. Horan Ph.D. on September 18, 2015 Adventures in Dating
Online dating is a common activity for many single (and married) Americans. Still, just how old is that photo in the profile you're eyeing? Is it accurate? Research summarized here answers those questions.

Can a Relationship Give You as Strong a Jolt as Caffeine?

By Erica B Slotter Ph.D. on September 18, 2015 Me, You, & Us
Need an energy boost? Try skipping the coffee or mid afternoon snack and think about your romantic partner instead!

Bromance and Tribe Identity

Women need to talk about relationships, while men would rather just live them.

Is Online Infidelity Really Infidelity?

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on September 16, 2015 Love, Digitally
Online liaisons are not necessarily considered to be unfaithful behaviour. Sexual infidelity online is no threat to a male’s certainty of paternity

Nostalgia Helps You Make and Keep Friends

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on September 15, 2015 More Than Mortal
Lacking the motivation to socialize? Try nostalgia.

Is Online Dating a Good Way to Find Profound Love?

It is commonly agreed that online dating provides people with a larger pool of romantic candidates. However, it is not certain whether online dating is a better way to find long-term profound love than conventional offline dating is. This article suggests an answer to this question.

Could Having More Sex Actually Make You Less Happy?

Are you having enough sex? Before you change you habits, beware: more, it seems, is not necessarily better.

Social Media and Healing of Memories

By Thelma Duffey Ph.D. on September 09, 2015 Works in Progress
When an unexpected name comes back from the past, it can throw us for a loop.

Could Donald Trump Make Us More Informed?

Donald Trump, the stock market, and being irrational. Behavioral economics tells us that having "The Donald" in the race could actually make us more informed.

5 Questions Better Than "How Was Your Day?"

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on September 08, 2015 Friendship 2.0
Kids worldwide are back at school-- and parents are eager to hear how it's going. If your child seems to stall out at "Fine" when asked how his or her day went, these five questions can set the stage for a more interesting discussion.

Venus v. Serena Williams: Reflecting on Sibling Relationship

By Peg Streep on September 08, 2015 Tech Support
What a tennis competition between sisters can teach us all about this most extended of family relationships...

The Simplest Way for a Couple to Boost Intimacy

Couples are constantly looking for ways to improve their relationships, but there’s one easy way that can be part of your everyday routine. Sharing a meal does more than feed the body, it also feeds the quality of your emotional well-being.