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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.

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Deep Listening in Personal Relationships

By Diana Raab PhD on August 09, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Are you trying to get to a deeper level with your personal relationships? Do you want to know how to become a better listener?

Seinfeld and Love

Research shows that birds of a feather flock together, however similarities can dampen arousal over time. This is illustrated by Jerry Seinfeld and Jeannie Steinman’s relationship.

Dating Is Dead

By John Kim, LMFT on August 08, 2017 in The Angry Therapist
Dating is dead. And is it too late to save?

Loneliness Cited as Public Health Threat

By Rita Watson MPH on August 08, 2017 in With Love and Gratitude
Finding a way to encourage seniors and those is social isolation to become part of a group that supports humor and reminiscing can stem the tide of a loneliness epidemic.

Sometimes to Love Yourself, You Need a New Name

By Jennifer Haupt on August 08, 2017 in One True Thing
I’m changing only three letters, Carolyn to Caroline, which seems like a simple uneventful, thing to do, but to me, it feels like a lifting of a curse.

Road and Sideline Rage

What to do if you’re a person or parent subject to misplaced anger and aggression.

Why We Tune into the Bachelorette: Romance & Lessons Learned

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on August 08, 2017 in Laugh, Cry, Live
In the finale of The Bachelorette, Rachel finally says goodbye to the guy who wouldn't commit and says yes to Bryan, the bold romantic. What can we learn from her arduous journey?

The Problem with Assuming Others Are Perfect

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
Assuming others live perfect lives is problematic.

Your Marriage and Social Media: The Grass Isn't Greener

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in Clear Communication
Do you compare your spouse with others' pictures when you're on social media? You may be inadvertently damaging your marriage. Here's why you need to stop the comparison game.

Be a Superconnector—not a Networker

By Peter Bregman on August 07, 2017 in How We Work
Discover the three ways you can show love in the professional world, the rules for smart giving so you aren't taken advantage of, and how to be a superconnector—not a networker.
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Dealing with Loneliness

By Tara Well Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in The Clarity
Six ways loneliness can help you improve your relationship with yourself and others.

Playing on Team Relationship

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
Moving forward through life with your teammate by your side seems ideal to me. Some couples may want more space, but I enjoy doing most everything with the one I love.

How Do We Decide Whether or Not to Break Up?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on August 07, 2017 in ExperiMentations
What factors do we weigh when deciding to leave a long-term relationship? How does attachment style influence decision-making? New research provides additional insight.

Overcoming the Fear of Solitude: 10 Thoughts

By Rita Watson MPH on August 06, 2017 in With Love and Gratitude
Being alone with our thoughts can be threatening. In an experiment people were asked to spend 6 to 15 minutes alone. One third cheated. Focusing on gratitude may be the solution.

Getting Honest With Yourself 101

The key to getting healthy is to learn to listen for and reject the Almighty Self - the part of you that keeps landing you in trouble.
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Why What I Admire In You Also Says Something About Me

The people we admire in our lives have much to teach us -- not just as role models to emulate but as outer reflections of good qualities that are already innate in us.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Caring and Caregiving

Providing care to a loved one who is dependent, fragile, or in need shows love in a basic way. Those who give with generosity and reliability rewards themselves as well as others.

The Irrationality of Marriage

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on August 06, 2017 in Trust
How can we commit whole-heartedly, when we know divorce is so common?

In the Eyes of the Beholder

Many of us toss around the notion of "the truth" as though there is an incontestable, objective "reality" and that we know what it is...

Considerations on "The Big Sick"

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on August 05, 2017 in Life After 50
Does Kumail Nanjiani's relationship with his parents ring bells for you?

Danger Zones: 3 Red Flags to Avoid on a First Date

Many daters unwittingly blow their chances of a first date turning into a second by treading into danger zones of awkwardness or inappropriate behavior.

The Best Way to Deal With People Who Talk Too Much

People who talk too much can make your work and social life miserable if you don’t feel like listening to them. New communications research shows how to manage the long-winded.
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Why Do Narcissists Abuse Those They Love?

If you have ever had your heart broken by a Narcissist and wondered how someone who professed to love you so much could treat you so badly, this article is for you.

A Feminist Critique of Marriage

By Neel Burton M.D. on August 04, 2017 in Hide and Seek
At a time of unparalleled social freedom, can we imagine a better way of living?

Do You Get Exhausted in Crowds?

Do you get exhausted in crowds? You may be an empath
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The 3 Most Dangerous Topics in Relationships

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on August 04, 2017 in Fixing Families
Sex, money, and kids—the three power issues in relationships, the ones that cause power struggles and acting out. How to navigate them and use them to help you define your needs.

Regrets in Life: A Good or Bad Thing?

By Ray Williams on August 04, 2017 in Wired for Success
Which regrets are more powerful—the ones that involve mistakes we have made, or the ones that involve things we didn’t do?

Five Elixirs for Revitalizing Love and Intimacy

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on August 04, 2017 in Think Well
Here are five easy ways to improve your relationship, and four intimacy killers to work on eliminating.

How to Deal With a Workplace Psychopath

Science has identified what it means to be a 'successful psychopath.' Here's how to stay mentally strong when you have to deal with a psychopath in the workplace.

How Couples Resolve Disagreements About Sex

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on August 04, 2017 in Attraction, Evolved
Why it’s easier to have a warm conversation with your partner about sex than about any other topic.