Relationships Essential Reads

5 Ways People Self-Sabotoge in Romance

Consider that there may be deeper forces operating between you and your partners--here are 5 common ways people self-sabotage in romance.

Eating Disorders and Romantic Relationships

How to help when your partner is struggling with an eating disorder.

How Your Unconscious Mind Is Keeping You Single

Many people are consciously and happily single. But if you are interesting in finding a mate, consider these unconscious factors which may be affecting your status.

Your Brain in Love

By Joe Pierre M.D. on February 11, 2016 Psych Unseen
What does neuroimaging tell us about romantic love?

Loneliness Has an Antidote and You’ll Never Guess What It Is

By Kira Asatryan on February 10, 2016 The Art of Closeness
Make more friends? Nope. Improve social skills? Nope. The secret to overcoming loneliness is something you’ve never heard of.

Four Great Relationship Hacks

By Karl Pillemer Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 Lessons for Loving
Feel like your relationship is going stale? Here's some advice for people who've been through the relationship doldrums.

What to Do When You Feel Someone Pulling Away

By Kira Asatryan on February 09, 2016 The Art of Closeness
The pain of a partner pulling away is real. Here’s how to maintain your sanity.

Narcissism and the Myth of Invincibility

People whose narcissism leads them to believe in the myth of their own invincibility may be setting themselves up for a pretty hard fall.

Violence and Valentine's Day

Can St. Valentine stop the violence?

Sisters Choosing Him for Themselves

Research shows that women value physical attractiveness more when choosing a partner for themselves than for a sister.

The “Airbag” of Depersonalization: Shield or Disorder?

By Elena Bezzubova on February 09, 2016 The Search for Self
The painful experience of unreality safeguards from a danger.

Why It's So Important to Banter With Young Children

Banter, or informal and spontaneous chatting, joking, and storytelling, builds a foundation for knowledge, skills, and relationships.

Depathologizing Sexual Eroticism

Discovering a partner’s surprising porn-viewing habits can be disturbing, but it can also be a gateway to greater understanding and compassion.

Just How Important Is Affection In Relationships?

What role does affection play in commitment, satisfaction, hurt, and cholesterol?

Overcoming BPD: 9 New Year's Resolutions

By Blaise Aguirre M.D. on February 07, 2016 On the Borderline
In dealing with the 9 symptoms of BPD, a regular mindfulness practice can make a lasting impact. Here is a specific practice to even out the roller-coaster moods of BPD.

What Is the Trajectory Toward Divorce?

There are many reasons why couples may divorce, but when are these marital problems most likely to arise? Research tests three compelling possibilities.

The Stubborn Ones

Do you have a child whose first response is to push the outside of any envelope designed to contain her? Take heart. You just might have gotten lucky.

Sober Dating + Sober Sex = Less Drug and Alcohol Relapse

What should recovering alcoholics and former drug addicts keep in mind when pursuing romantic relationships?

Can You Babyproof Your Relationship?

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on February 04, 2016 Home Base
Will having a baby ruin your marriage? And should policy makers try to help couples transitioning to parenthood?

Do Our Dogs Really Love Us More Than Our Cats Do?

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 03, 2016 Animal Emotions
Has it really been proven that dogs love humans five times more than cats? Not quite, but there are some interesting trends that support this predictable suggestion.

Rewriting the Narrative of Divorce

By Wendy Paris on February 02, 2016 Splitopia
We've grown up reading and watching stories of passionate love affairs, and our own can feel flat in comparison. But there is no "canon of the good divorce."

Why Some Breakups Are More Painful Than Others

Research suggests that maintaining a fluid self-concept, retaining a sense of separateness, and externalizing rejection may mitigate the devastating effects of breaking up.

3 Sure Signs of a Relationship at Risk

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on February 01, 2016 Insight Is 20/20
Relationships don't end for mysterious reasons. If you learn to watch for the signs, you can see it ending clearly.

Why Do I Feel So Awkward?

The hit show 'Hamilton' reminds us that “awkward” can be an opportunity.

5 Steps to a Better Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is a day that can be fraught with and weighed down by expectations. Perhaps we can mitigate potential problems by prepping for it together.

6 Ways of Using Facebook to Get and Keep a Date

Can social media help you get a lover and maintain a relationship? According to the research, social networking sites can offer unique advantages for finding love. Learn more here.

15 Control Tactics of Difficult People

Be on the lookout for these, before you get blindsided!

Six Reasons to Give Someone a Second Chance

When people bother you to the point where you’re done and ready to excise them from your life, before you do, consider these 6 reasons to give them a second chance.

How to Profile a Narcissist With One Simple Question

New research shows that you may be able to identify a narcissist by asking them one simple question.

Can You Ever Be Too Nice? You Sure Can.

We’re prepared to handle people who just aren’t all that nice, but what about someone who’s the opposite? Here’s what to do about the unexpected problems of being too compliant.