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Teens Tell Us How They Are Stopping Cyberbullying

By Sue Scheff on December 13, 2017 in Shame Nation
A new survey explains how students are coping with cyberbullying. Here are five techniques you can discuss with your tweens and teens.

Smartphone Attachment Can Mimic a Human Relationship

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on December 13, 2017 in Love, Digitally
Is there is a connection between anxious smartphone attachment and anthropomorphic beliefs? Anxious smartphone attachment is related to the urge to answer texts or emails.

How LinkedIn Profiles Reveal User Personality

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on December 12, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Business profiles are meant for professional networking, yet research indicates we leak our true personalities through sites meant to showcase our professional identity.

Easy Ways to Tell Whether You’re an Inadvertent Narcissist

There are several basic keys to understanding who’s a narcissist but what about if the narcissist is you? New research shows how to tell if without realizing you’re one yourself.

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Living With Know-It-All Hypocrites Will Stunt Your Growth

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 28, 2017 in Ambigamy
We leave bullies because they're immoral or just bad company. We should also leave them because they make it hard to admit to and learn from our errors.

When a Man You Know or Love Is the Victim of Partner Abuse

What do you do if a son, a brother, or a friend is the victim of battery by his wife or partner?

How a Man's Best Friend Is More Than Just a Companion

Dog therapy may make the world a better place, one lick at a time.

12 Workplace Wonders Authentic Trust Can Bring You

In an era of distrust, stepping up to authentic trust-giving at work can be difficult or confusing. Is it worth it?

There's a Difference Between Privacy and Secrecy

Talking about your emotional wounds can make you mentally stronger. But it's important to be intentional about who you share your story with and when you decide to share it.

Unloved Daughters and Holiday Triggers: Five Ways to Cope

By Peg Streep on November 28, 2017 in Tech Support
All families have their squabbles and tensions but when your family of origin is toxic and dysfunctional, the holidays are really hard. But you're not powerless.
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Why Do Narcissists and Borderlines Fall in Love?

If you have ever wondered why Borderlines and Narcissists are drawn to each other but still cannot make the relationship work, this article is for you.

Be Your Own Hero

Albert Einstein talked about this kind of respect when he wrote: "A human being is part of the whole called by us 'universe', a part limited in time and space..."

Practice Self-Love to Become an Even Better Parent

Be the best parent you can be by loving yourself.
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How to Cope When You’re Envious of a Friend

By Miriam Kirmayer on November 28, 2017 in Casual to Close
As we move through life, the more our paths diverge from those of our friends, and the more important it becomes to learn how to manage feelings of envy.

The Odd State of Being Okay With An Abusive Partner

By Stephen J Betchen D.S.W. on November 27, 2017 in Magnetic Partners
Choosing your lifestyle or your life.
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Love, Sex, and Romance with Different Abilities

By Elizabeth Young on November 27, 2017 in Adaptations
Hal says, "When you’ve got intimacy, and you add touching, you’ve got really good sex.” 
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Oops! I Married My Mother

In order to start creating more satisfying relationship dynamics, you must develop a stronger sense of self.

Power in Sex Isn't a Problem, in Fantasy or With Consent

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on November 27, 2017 in Full Living
Disturbing as the recent accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct are, the sexual fantasies that fueled them are common. The problem isn't the fantasies; its the enactment.

Why Marry?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 26, 2017 in How To Do Life
Amid today’s changed social norms, should you participate in the venerable institution of marriage?

Insight From a Dating-Challenged Therapist

By John Kim, LMFT on November 26, 2017 in The Angry Therapist
Four things I've learned about dating.

Gender Equality and Gratitude: How Women at MIT Persevered

By Rita Watson MPH on November 26, 2017 in With Love and Gratitude
Women have long faced workplace challenges, but through perseverance, working together, and gratitude positive change can result.

Multiple Parents Legally?

This blog explains the Rule of Two parents and the legal moves in the United States to allow more than two legal parents.
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Forgiveness Is a Gift of Clarity to Yourself

By Tara Well Ph.D. on November 26, 2017 in The Clarity
If you're having trouble forgiving, remember it's a gift to yourself.
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The Seven Most Asked Questions About Gender Communication

By Audrey Nelson Ph.D. on November 26, 2017 in He Speaks, She Speaks
Unless we understand the code of the opposite sex, it makes it difficult to communicate fully with our family, friends, and colleagues.

Cyberstalker Alert: Spotting Dangerous Friends and Followers

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 26, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Take note of online strangers who have become overly familiar with your personal information. The next step is contact—with an unrealistic expectation of reciprocity.

Father-Child Relationships on "Stranger Things"

"Stranger Things" is set during a time when roles and expectations for fathers were changing. The characters help viewers better understand cultural conceptions of fatherhood.

“Don't I Know You?” How Curious Strangers Become Stalkers

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 25, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Familiarity breeds contentment. Be alert for signs that someone has formed a unilateral, imaginary relationship with you — and may expect something in return.

How Socially Intelligent Are You? Take This Quiz and See.

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on November 25, 2017 in BrainSnacks
The Social Intelligence Quiz is an online, interactive assessment tool that highlights key toxic or nourishing behaviors that affect success in relationships, jobs, and careers.

What Men Won’t Reveal About Their Sexual Attraction to Women

By Madeleine A Fugère Ph.D. on November 24, 2017 in Dating and Mating
Men's sexual attraction to women has some surprising and unintended consequences for both sexes.

Beware Handsome Strangers: When Online Suitors Are Scammers

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 23, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Social media is a convenient, rewarding way to keep up with existing relationships, and form new ones. This is also why it is such an attractive tool for criminals.

Grief Lessons

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on November 23, 2017 in Creating in Flow
My husband of 34 years died recently. Unprepared for the reality of terrible loss, I learned how to grieve like everyone does: the hard way. Here are 12 lessons....

52 Ways: Learn How to Deal with People Toxic to Your Couple

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 23, 2017 in Life, Refracted
After you identify a third-party threat to your couple, you can take several actions to limit current and prevent future damage. Many describe expressing love to the third-party.

Read this before heading home for the holidays...

Holidays, family meals, and reunions can include “spirited” conversations, and “enthusiastic” exchanges of opinions over the dinner table...
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Seven Tips for Enjoying a Family Thanksgiving Celebration

Don't want your family dinner to degenerate into arguments? Here are a few ideas that will help you this Thanksgiving or at any family gathering.