Relationships Essential Reads

The First Thing to Do After an Agonizing Breakup

This is the single best way to accelerate the healing process after a break up or divorce.

Do You Have the "Right" Amount of Ex-Partners?

By Ryan Anderson on December 08, 2016 in The Mating Game
A recent study has found some surprising results regarding an individual's sexual history. Neither men nor women want with either too much or too little sexual experience.
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When Introversion Is Just the Easy Answer

By Sophia Dembling on December 06, 2016 in The Introvert's Corner
Introversion can be an easy scapegoat for relationship problems, but claiming introversion is only the beginning of the discussion.

Not All Marriages Are Equal at Protecting Longevity

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on December 06, 2016 in Life, Refracted
Arguments for the health and survival benefits of being married have their limitations. The quality of the marriage and the impact of its loss are critical.

Should You Forgive Your Unloving Mother?

By Peg Streep on December 06, 2016 in Tech Support
The ability to forgive is considered a sign of character and even strength. But is it always the right thing to do, especially when an unloving mother is involved?

Is Mild Love the New Exciting Romance?

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in In the Name of Love
Ideal love is depicted as a very passionate experience. Yet mild love seems a better indicator of enduring love. Can we admit our mild love without insulting our partners?

Anger, the Convenient Emotion

Anger is the emotional refuge of those who have seen their positions in the world decline and who have lost faith in society’s ability to respond to those concerns.

The 7 Ingredients of a Healthy Relationship

By Ralph Ryback M.D. on December 05, 2016 in The Truisms of Wellness
Every relationship has different interactional conflicts and needs. There are no one-size-fits-all recipes, but these are seven common ingredients of happy relationships.
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8 Things to Do If You're the Target of Hurtful Gossip

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on December 05, 2016 in Feeling It
When it comes to being the target of negative gossip, you can make yourself resilient and avoid letting it get the best of you.

1/3 of Relationships Have this Problem: Does Yours?

If you're in a dating relationship, are you both equally committed? Here's new research on the asymmetrically committed relationship.
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Marrying Your Best Friend: Is It for Better or Worse?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on December 04, 2016 in Off the Couch
“My wife is my best friend" or “I can talk to my women friends about things my husband would never understand.” Which is better?

What Your Pillow Talk Reveals About Your Relationship

How is what your behavior after sex connected to your relationship satisfaction or the hormonal influences of sexual activity?

Psychopaths Have Regrets: Can Early Help and Love Save Them?

By Rita Watson MPH on November 30, 2016 in With Love and Gratitude
If children with antisocial tendencies could be raised in a loving atmosphere or receive early intervention, perhaps full-blown psychopathic and violent tendencies might be curbed.

A Step-Child's Guide to Step-Parenting

Each family has its own story with its own peculiar complexities, but most have a moment in which the new boyfriend or girlfriend becomes a parent...

Too Much Self-Esteem May Be Keeping Millennials Single

By Caitlin Cantor LCSW, CST on November 29, 2016 in Modern Sex
If you're a Millennial, you may be more skilled at being alone than you are in relationships. Learn the relational skills you missed if you grew up during the self-esteem movement.

Happiness Without Sadness Has No Meaning

The intensity of happiness can only be measured by the intensity of sadness.

Why Narcissists Feel They Need to Look So Good

It’s well known that people high in narcissism have an endless need to look good. What’s less clear is why. A new study sheds light on why, and how, narcissists seek to seem ideal.

Pet Therapy for Your Love Life

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on November 28, 2016 in Cravings
Can your relationship with your dog, cat, or betta fish predict the success of your romantic relationships?

You Can't Oppose Hate by "Opposing Hate"

By Michael Mascolo Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in Values Matter
We often think that protesting against bigotry will make it go away. It won't.
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How Do You Know When You Love Someone?

By John Kim, LMFT on November 28, 2016 in The Angry Therapist
Because love can be confusing.

10 Essentials About Midlife Love Relationships

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 27, 2016 in Life, Refracted
Adaptations face us as we enter and move through love in midlife. We must re-examine our needs, wants and dreams as well as allow alternate ways of loving into our lives.

Treasuring Memories Through Memoirs, Stories, or Videos

By Rita Watson MPH on November 26, 2016 in With Love and Gratitude
With holidays approaching, begin to think about treasuring family memories.

Face-to-Face Social Participation Nourishes Quality of Life

By Christopher Bergland on November 24, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
New research suggests that it wouldn't be such a bad idea to practice the core values of Thanksgiving—gratitude and social connectedness—365 days a year.

Taking a Deeper Look at the "Negative Person"

By Carrie Barron M.D. on November 24, 2016 in The Creativity Cure
The person who is labeled "negative" may actually be sad.

How Sexual Rejection Affects Men in Relationships

By Sarah Hunter Murray Ph.D. on November 23, 2016 in Myths of Desire
If you think men don't hurt when their sexual advances are rejected, this new research will surprise you.

What We Need Now — A Little Civility

Following a contentious campaign, the nation is divided. How can small acts of kindness stop the spread of incivility and help heal a growing national rift?

Talking Politics at the Thanksgiving Table

How can we heal the divides in our country -- and our family? A few simple tools can go a long way.

Tips to Survive Thanksgiving in Post-Election Turmoil

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W.- R. on November 22, 2016 in Quite Queerly
How can we get through Thanksgiving without harming anyone or being harmed? We must keep our expectations low, and our goals specific. Try to connect over being right.

The Truth About Lying

By Stuart Shanker DPhil on November 22, 2016 in Self-Reg
Lying is the quintessential example of misbehaviour, but confabulating is a stress behaviour.