Relationships Essential Reads

When Weddings Hurt

Insight into why weddings might be particularly fraught for women.

Seven Warning Signs of Potentially Toxic Relationships

If you have the misfortune to find yourself in a toxic relationship, the “normal response” to an “abnormal situation” can include feelings of suffocation, trepidation, and shame.

If I Can't Have You, No One Can

How can we predict who will kill someone s/he once loved? Look at the dark clouds in the relationship to predict storms after a breakup.

How Likely Is Your Partner to Cheat on You?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on August 14, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Are you concerned your partner may be seeing someone else when you've agreed to be exclusive? Researchers continue to study infidelity to better understand when and how it happens.

How Men Really Feel about Sex

Sex begins in the body. While women’s desire for sex may be prompted by their mind, memory or emotional feelings of connection, for men, desire is physical...

Beware: On a First Date, Red Flags Can Look Red Hot

Beware dangerous liaisons. On a first date, exciting, assertive people perceived as desirable might be dangerous. Get to know prospective partners before getting involved.
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The Truth About Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Have you ever wondered, “Isn’t everybody a bit narcissistic?” Learn the difference between healthy self-esteem and Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

A Guide for Gay Men on Both Open and Monogamous Marriage

A conversation with therapist and author Michael Dale Kimmel about open and monogamous marriage, for gay men and for us all.
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Better Living Through Empathy

Want to better exercise your empathy muscle? Here are some tips.

The "Golden Rule" For Better Relationships: Say "Yes-and..."

Are your conversations filled with denials, rejections, and negations of what someone says? Do they get tense, lead to bad feelings, turn into an argument, go nowhere?

Two Types of Relationship Aggression Identified

Is impossible for couples to avoid arguments but new research on long-term relationships suggests that some forms are more damaging than others. Here’s how to avoid the bad kind.

Your Memories Make You Who You Are

Don't worry if can't remember the details of your first kiss that well. Your unconscious does it for you.

I Love Him Most of the Time

Lively’s claim that she loves Reynolds most of the time runs counter to the nature of profound love. She probably desires him sexually most of the time, but loves him all the time.

What Keeps Partners From Cheating?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on August 04, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Infidelity generally leads to pain and suffering for all involved, and is the most common factor in divorce. How do we resist temptation, making it more likely we'll stay together?

Why You Can’t Be Without Your Phone

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on August 02, 2017 in Love, Digitally
Do we become attached to phones as human attachment substitutes? Anxiously attached people keep their phones close to be in constant contact with other people.

How Can We Build and Nurture Our Circle of Support?

By Caren Osten Gerszberg on August 01, 2017 in The Right Balance
Are you making time to connect with those you care about? Are you looking to widen your circle of support? Finding time and reaching out can go a long way.

Inspiring Reasons to End Your Rotten Relationship

When we think about breakups we focus on the negative emotions and distress. But you can free yourself from your rotten relationship and reap these benefits, too.
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Is It the Silent Treatment or Estrangement?

Five ways to know if you’re estranged from someone, or they’re giving you the silent treatment.

How Childhood Emotional Trauma Impacts Adult Relationships

By Andrea Brandt Ph.D. M.F.T. on August 01, 2017 in Mindful Anger
There are many ways childhood emotional trauma continues to affect you even after you've grown up.

Surprise: Men Enjoy—and Want—Foreplay

By Michael Castleman M.A. on August 01, 2017 in All About Sex
Many women say men fixate on intercourse, but one study shows that both genders value foreplay equally. Meanwhile, men who engage in extended foreplay suffer fewer sex problems.

Bystanders and Boundaries

Has this happened to you? You're chatting with a friend, when suddenly, they lean a bit closer and begin to confide in you about a mutual friend...and expect you will take sides?
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Why My Husband Infuriates Me

When we feel hooked and irrational or harshly judgmental about someone else’s shortcomings, rather than empathetic or compassionate? We are probably projecting.

Yearning for the Romantic Road Not Taken

In “The Road Not Taken,” Frost refers to “the road less traveled” and “the road not taken.” Are the two notions identical? How does this distinction relate to the romantic realm?

Individualism Goes Global: More Live Alone, Value Friends

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 29, 2017 in Living Single
A study of 51 years of data from 78 nations shows a rise in individualism around the globe. More people are living alone, divorcing, and valuing their friends over their family.

Are Sexbots Here to Stay?

Sex dolls have been around for centuries and are coming of age with the advent of humanoid robots and virtual reality. Where are we with sexbots? What will the future hold?

Should You Stay Friends With Your Ex?

Will a friendship with your ex-romantic partner work out? It depends on your motives.

Are You High in Moral Development? Do You Love?

Is the field of moral development as morally developed as it should be? If not, maybe you are under-striving to be the most highly developed person you can be. See where you stand.

11 Keys to Mastering Difficult Conversations

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on July 25, 2017 in Feeling It
As a happiness and workplace well-being researcher, I'm asked about this all the time. These 11 tips work.

What To Do When Someone You Love Votes For Someone You Hate

By Loren Soeiro, Ph.D. ABPP on July 25, 2017 in I Hear You
America's political landscape is deeply divided, and sometimes our families and friendships are, too. Here's how to talk to people whose political opinions you can't understand.

10 Ways to Be Nicer to the Person You Love the Most

Do you take for granted the person you love the most? New research shows why you need to be nicer in your most important relationship. These 10 tips will help get you there.