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Open or Closed Sexual Relationships?

What do we know about consensual non-monogamous relationships? This study is a first step.

The Crisis of the Ailing Toxic Mother: Caretake or Run?

By Peg Streep on October 24, 2016 in Tech Support
Much has been written about the "Sandwich" generation-but the daughter of an unloving or abusive mother faces a different, more complicated choice without easy answers...

Sex, Power, and Risk

By Joye Swan Ph.D. on October 22, 2016 in Up Close and Personal
When it comes to power in sexual relationships, who really controls what goes on in the bedroom?

Are You Obsessing Over Your Ex?

If your ex recently broke up with you, you may have OCD-like symptoms. The good news: standard self-help techniques for OCD may be able to speed up your recovery from the breakup.

More Posts on Relationships

Good Friend or Effective Enabler?

While not every friendship is meant to be a lifelong “BFF to the end” kind of relationship, there are some relationships that aren’t just “casual,” they are downright detrimental!

How to Deal With the Gossipmonger at Your Workplace

Gossip at the workplace is likely here to stay. What can you do about it if you are the victim?

What I Would Change Were My Health Restored Tomorrow

In my last piece, I wrote about what I wouldn’t change if I regained my health. Here’s what I would change...

Tips for Making Friends When You're Depressed

Admittedly, it’s tough to make friends when you’re feeling depressed. Here are some tips that might help

3 Things to Say to Your Loved One Who Won’t Vaccinate

Does someone you love espouse unscientific views? Are you concerned for their health and security? Here are some ways to talk to them about your concerns.

How Lisa Lampanelli Found Her ‘Choir’

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on October 10, 2016 in Brick by Brick
Of all of Lisa Lampanelli’s accomplishments, being on her own side has not been something that she’s been able to do.

Understanding Anger as an Outgrowth of Self-Compassion

Find humanity by looking for the suffering behind anger

Dating Fatigue and Dating Burnout Can Be Real

Sometimes dating fatigue or dating burnout means we have to go back to basics and figure out what it is we really want.

The Art of the Email Letter

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on October 09, 2016 in Fixing Families
Everyone has communication breakdowns that need to be repaired. Rather than the text or phone call, try the email letter. Some guidelines for crafting the perfect one

Why Would Trump—Or Anyone—Talk That Way About Women?

By Sherry Hamby Ph.D. on October 09, 2016 in The Web of Violence
Understanding why any man would say vulgar things about women.

Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder

A response to Marty Nemko's blogpost On Being Unattractive.

Chi Whiz! Energy Exchanges Between People

Interpersonal energy exchanges seem to take place both in the same space and at a distance.

On Being Unattractive

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 09, 2016 in How To Do Life
Upsides, downsides, and what you might do.
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The Commitment-Phobe

Some people are phobic of commitment. It may have to do with attachment. Here's how.

Belonging and Loneliness

By Saul Levine M.D. on October 08, 2016 in Our Emotional Footprint
Belonging is when we feel a part of a community where we are liked and appreciated. Loneliness is its opposite when we feel unsupported and saddened. Both affect mood and health.

Post Traumatic Growth

Those of us who struggle with trauma, find that rising to the challenge reveals our hidden abilities that were formerly untapped.

Buying Lipstick in Tough Times: It’s Not About Landing a Man

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on October 07, 2016 in Living Single
When economic times are tough, women buy more products that enhance their appearance. New research shows they are trying to be more professional, not more seductive.

The One Life We're Given: A Conversation With Mark Nepo

By Mark Matousek on October 07, 2016 in Ethical Wisdom
Mark Nepo, poet, philosopher, and cancer survivor, talks about the secrets to living an awakened life.

Working Too Hard or Too Little in Your Marriage?

Is your spouse overworking you?

What You Said Made Me Feel Bad

By Sharon Praissman on October 07, 2016 in Beyond the Egg Timer
A guest post from one of the authors of the recent parenting book The Danish Way, which is full of fascinating parenting from the country that’s been ranked happiest in the world.

3 Ways to Manage Second Thoughts After a Breakup

Are you having second thoughts about ending a relationship? These strategies will reinforce your decision to split and help you move on after a breakup.

The Secret to Feeling Less Annoyed by Your Partner

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on October 06, 2016 in Laugh, Cry, Live
Feeling annoyed is normal and common, but you can lessen this painful dynamic in your relationship. Here are 5 secret powers that can reduce how annoyed you feel with your partner.

When You Pee on Your Brother, You've Gone Too Far

I don't think a sticker chart—or a spanking—will work. Why? They don't get to the root of the problem. The root of the problem is that Mom got a replacement for him.

How Cocaine-Rush Feelings Are Stimulated on "The Bachelor"

Here are five examples of ways in which the scripting of reality TV shows enhances “cocaine-rush” feelings in new relationships.

Why Do the Blues Feel So Good?

Legendary soul singer Bobby Harden explains why singing the blues is good for you

Rome, Georgia: The Small Town Capital of Nice

Rome, Georgia is located in the heart of the South, and won me over with its friendliness. Here's an interview with the Mayor and Police Chief on community, division, and policing

How and When to Talk to Your Kids About Sex

New research indicates that 90% of kids learn about sex from online porn.

Men’s Infidelity Support Group

By Marty Babits on October 05, 2016 in The Middle Ground
One way or another the pain of infidelity must be dealt with. For some, a support group is the best way to move forward.
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"You're My Celebrity Soulmate"

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on October 05, 2016 in The Human Equation
When does a fan become a foe? When the pseudo-intimacy of social media is mistaken for a real relationship.