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The Divorce Decision

Are you frustrated in your marriage and not sure where to turn? Are you contemplating a divorce? Are you worried your spouse wants a divorce? Learn where to get help.
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Make a Pledge for Selfless Support

I will refrain from asking or wondering what I will get out of this.

Research Shows What Makes Trolls Tick on Mobile Dating Apps

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on April 25, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Internet trolls are everywhere. What draws them to dating apps and how can you deal with them?

Five Ways to Fit in with Just About Any Crowd

There are times for individuality but other times when you want to blend into the crowd. New research on conformity and mental health suggests how to gain acceptance.

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Please Yell at Me

By Asa Don Brown Ph.D. on April 21, 2017 in Towards Recovery
Have you ever found yourself uncontrollably yelling?

Narcissists: Walk Away Before Relationships Turn Toxic

Narcissists should come with a warning: "If you feed my ego, it will grow."

4 Ways to Not Beat Yourself Up Over Your Breakup

Instead of self-criticism, use an agonizing breakup or divorce to grow and to better know what to look for (and look out for) the next time around. Here are four ways.

Our Partner Is a Magic Mirror

"When the practice of love invites us to enter a place of potential bliss."

The Good Reasons We Get Involved in Bad Relationships

Getting involved in bad relationships is not just bad luck. There are good reasons supported by research why we choose relationships that will ultimately be unfulfilling.
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Don Rickles: Can Humor Go Too Far?

By Jane Greer Ph.D. on April 21, 2017 in Shrink Wrap
Can't you take a joke?

Aaron Hernandez: Tragic Choices or Brain Trauma?

With a football player again in the news—one whose brain is being sent to BU for examination—young athletes and professionals will be reminded of the risks.

How to Have Healthier, Happier Relationships in the Future

Making a commitment to what you want in a relationship is the first step to getting it.

Renewing War-Torn Communities Through Forgiveness Education

Might forgiveness education be the missing piece to the peace puzzle?

7 Must-Read Books to Change Your Life This Summer

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on April 20, 2017 in Feeling It
After a long winter, here's some serious inspiration for the summer months to boost your happiness and success!

The Rise and Fall of Monogamy

By Neel Burton M.D. on April 19, 2017 in Hide and Seek
What future for monogamy and polyamory?
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The Power of Curiosity

Are you truly curious? How to remain calm when someone's opinion is difficult to understand.

Competing Commitments Part 1

If simply understanding what it takes to create a happier life were enough to achieve that goal, reading a book, listening to a tape, or watching a DVD would be sufficient...

I Need Help Dealing With My Angry and Alcoholic Mother

How To Deal With A Very Complicated Mother

Are You Confusing Love With Something Else?

As parents we want to hold onto the illusion that we can fix or control our children. We cannot fix or control them; it is an illusion.
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The Narcissistic Love Script

If you have ever been dumped by a narcissist who once claimed to love you madly, this may help explain why.

The Secret of Handling Anger and Aggression

Why is anger such an accelerator of aging?

Divorce and Autism: Familiarity, Stability, Consistency

Children with autism thrive on familiarity, stability, and consistency. In divorce, work to maintain your child's relationships in the neighbourhood, school, and family.
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What Makes a Happier Marriage?

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in Stepmonster
One writer gleaned marriage advice from around the world.
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How to Build a Stronger Marriage: 7 Tips From the Research

Since 1973, Dr. John Gottman has studied marriage. Based on his results, Gottman is able to predict with more than 90 percent accuracy which couples will make it and which won’t.

What New Moms Need to Boost Their Mood and Enjoy Parenting

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
A new longitudinal study reveals connections among mothers' basic psychological needs, postpartum depression, and parenting behaviors.

Religious Conflict Makes Porn Bad for Relationships

By David J Ley Ph.D. on April 17, 2017 in Women Who Stray
A new research study finds more evidence that the alleged harms from porn are actually caused by religious conflict, shame, and the "porn addict" identity.

Children in Polyamorous Families Part 2

Children in polyamorous families experience unique practical and emotional advantages but no unique disadvantages that are not present in other forms of blended families.

The Tyranny of Musts and Shoulds

Irrational beliefs that can disrupt a marriage.

How Do You Know If Your Relationships Are Healthy?

By Dan Mager MSW on April 17, 2017 in Some Assembly Required
The quality of our relationships with others is a reflection of our overall state of mental & emotional health, but our relationships also affect our mental & emotional well-being.

It Would've Been My Brother's 30th Birthday Today!

Have you lost a significant person in your life? Here, a psychologist shares her personal loss of her brother and the psychological strategies that you too can apply to your grief.

A Time to Decide

By Loren Soeiro, Ph.D. ABPP on April 17, 2017 in I Hear You
For the first time in their lives, today's young adults are making big decisions when there are no do-overs.
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Letting Go of Regrets

Have regrets? Take these 5 steps to stop looking back and get your eyes back on the road to focus on where you're going.

Relationships, the Key to Life

Thanks to the internet and media, we are bombarded with examples of self-centeredness every day.
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When Older Adolescents Want to Form Happier Relationships

Older adolescents may wish for happier relationships than they have known, but can get caught in repeating relationships of the unhappy kind.