Relationships Essential Reads

Who Is Having Threesome Sex?

Psychologists ask young adults whether they would be up for a spot of multi-partner sex. Let’s see what they found out.

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.

The 5 Worst Email Mistakes and the 5 Best Ways to Avoid Them

Email can be dangerous territory, which can make or break your personal and work life. New research on email etiquette shows how important its proper use can be.
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The Power of Curiosity Part 2

Why is it so hard for us to listen to others with opposing points of view?

When Do Friends Matter Most?

By Lydia Denworth on May 18, 2017 in Brain Waves
Having friends is strongly associated with health and longevity, but scientists are only starting to ask when the effects of social relationships emerge and how long they last.
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What Counts as Intimacy? Not Everyone Agrees

By Tim Cole Ph.D. on May 18, 2017 in Intimate Portrait
How do you define intimacy in your relationship? Knowing your attachment style can help.

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?

Is Depression Apart from Grief or a Part of Grief?

The title above alludes to a really tricky question. And a complicated one, too. For the answer to this two-part inquiry is, well, “Yes” and “Yes.”
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Why Does Playing “Hard To Get” Feel So Desperate?

Why Does Playing “Hard To Get” Feel So Desperate? Feigning disinterest may be an attempt to fend off vulnerability. By Kirby Goldin, Ph.D.
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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.

6 Ways to Say Something Nice about People You Don't Like

We’d like to think that it’s easy to come up with a positive evaluation of almost anyone, but what do you do when you’ve got nothing nice to say? New research provides 6 key tips.

“Only You” Or “I've Two Lovers and I Love them Both"?

Emotional partiality and diversity are essential to romantic love. However, they appear to conflict with each other. Which one has a greater romantic value?

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?

Race-Related Trauma Disrupts Psychological Well-Being

The woes of race-related trauma in school and a perspective on well-being
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Ghosted? 6 Ways to Make the Bad Feelings Disappear

Has this happened to you? Someone you like suddenly seems to stop liking you, and you can’t figure out why.

Divorce Island

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

Mother’s Day Manifesto for Grieving Mothers

By Allen J Frances M.D. on May 13, 2017 in Saving Normal
It is time to get back to the original intent of Mother's Day: a loving tribute to all mothers, especially those who are grieving the loss of a child.

4 Ways To Bring Self-Esteem to Your Romantic Relationship

When one or both members of a romantic union feel positively about themselves romantic bliss becomes less elusive. Here are 4 ways to work on your self-esteem in your relationship.

10 True Gifts of Love

How can we give everything we can to our partners and yet fail to keep our love alive?

The Trophy Child

By Peg Streep on May 10, 2017 in Tech Support
One of the most cherished myths about motherhood is that mothers love each child equally. Research comes up with a very different answer. A close look at why favoritism matters.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Honoring the Self

Honoring the self is an essential way we can show love to others. When we listen to our bodies, stream of consciousness, dreams, impulses and analyses, we have roadmaps to loving.

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.

Seven Guidelines for Making a Great Goodbye

Whether you’re moving on with your job, leaving town, or just moving across town, there are times you need to bid farewell. Make yours memorable with these 7 tips.

Adult Children of Narcissistic Parents and Mother’s Day

How do adult children of narcissistic parents celebrate Mother’s Day? Here are 10 tips to help with emotional triggers and avoid an emotional collapse.

Expectations Can Hurt Your Relationship

Certain expectations, if they're unmet, can be problematic for your relationship.

Games Master Manipulators Play: Sandbagging

The difficulty of spotting it makes it a reliable tactic.