Essential Reads

5 Unhealthy Relationship Patterns

If you want your relationship to last, there are certain relationship styles you should attempt to avoid or at the very least keep to a minimum.

Learning from the First Lovers

By Kaja Perina on March 21, 2017 in Brainstorm
Bruce Feiler, author of The First Love Story, explores the biblical tale that continues to illuminate contemporary unions.

Who's Harder to Buy Gifts for, Men or Women? It Depends!

Who’s harder to buy gifts for, men or women? It depends on who’s doing the giving!
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Is Your Relationship Toxic?

You may not realize your relationship is harming you or be able to leave. Find out the symptoms, whether there's hope for change, and steps you can put into action.

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After Cheating: Restoring Relationship Trust

After so many lies and secrets, can trust ever be restored?
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10 Relationship Truths I Wish I Knew Sooner

By John Kim, LMFT on March 02, 2017 in The Angry Therapist
How to relationship better.

People Who Need People Are Happier

By Temma Ehrenfeld on March 02, 2017 in Open Gently
As Americans, we are taught to pretend we don’t need other people much in order to attract them or keep them in our lives.
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Teenagers and Their Quest to Find Themselves

All teens will go off into the big, wide world as they journey to discover who they are. So be aware of where they go and whom they align themselves with.

More Than a Tan and T-Shirt From a Florida Trip

By Tina Traster on March 02, 2017 in Against All Odds
By spending time with her grandparents, my daughter gained new insight into her mother, her parents' my relationship, and her relationship with her parents.

How to Spot a Cheater Before You Get Involved

How to spot a cheater before you get involved in a relationship with him/her. Plus, how to find a partner who is more likely to remain faithful.

What Can Scarlett Johansson Teach Us About Monogamy?

Recently, Scarlett Johansson said that monogamy is too much work, it's not natural, and it's not for her. What can those of us who want to be monogamous learn from her?

How Androgyny Works (Part 3)

People who have expanded their behavioral repertoire feel better about themselves. They have a bigger bag of tricks and more options available to them.

"The World's Oldest Bus Boy"

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 01, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story.

Who Are You Really? Do You Know?

The beauty of being a writer is that you don’t have to choose. If you've been struggling with your identity as a writer and finding out what you were meant to write, read this.

Commitment Phobia and Hookups

In today’s hookup culture, no one is a priority. People are options, like restaurants. If you don’t like the food, you don’t ever need to go back.

Dating and Coercive Control

By Carol A. Lambert, MSW on March 01, 2017 in Mind Games
A thousand women with controlling partners missed their partner's coercive tendencies while dating.

How to Make Friends as an Adult

To become a better friend, think about the qualities and characteristics you like in a friend and make sure to develop them in yourself.
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When You Can't Forgive

Forgiveness is natural when certain conditions are met. But in the absence of one or more of these, it’s not your fault if you can’t get past it.
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How Could Men Report More Sex and More Partners Than Women?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on March 01, 2017 in All About Sex
Whenever a man has hetero sex, a woman does, too. Yet men consistently report more sex with more partners. How could this be?

How to Maintain Your Emotional Boundaries

Holding good emotional boundaries is as much about checking in with yourself as it is about learning to stand firm with other people.

Time Limited Friendships Can End Peacefully

Here are three ways to end a situational friendship: Brutal honesty, ghosting, or gratitude- kindness.

Empathy Is the Key to Conflict Resolution or Management

Everyone interprets things through their own lenses, which filter information based upon our personal biases, beliefs, assumptions and values.

Inviting Eros Into the Home

Sex is a gift from heaven, but we don't seem to open it much in long-term relationships. Here are 7 obstacles to sex and how to invite Eros back into the bedroom (or wherever...).

Are Dating Apps Ruining Your Love Life?

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on February 28, 2017 in The First Impression
Is a love connection one swipe away?

Active Wives and Passive Husbands

By Stephen J Betchen D.S.W. on February 27, 2017 in Magnetic Partners
Do you and your partner share the same pace?

Is There Ever an End to Nagging?

By Jen Kim on February 27, 2017 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Both men and women claim to hate nagging, so who should change?

The Ten Qualities of Great Communicators

By Randi Gunther Ph.D. on February 27, 2017 in Rediscovering Love
Intimate partners still too often continue misunderstanding and misconstruing what they say and hear.

Six Tips for Better Communication

By Melissa Orlov on February 27, 2017 in May I Have Your Attention
"Good communication" is the holy grail of relationships, yet many struggling couples seek it in vain. It doesn't have to be that way.

8 Signs Your Elderly Parent Is No Longer Fit To Drive

By Peggy Flannigan Ph.D. on February 27, 2017 in The Examination Room
Concerned about your parent and their driving? Check out these tips to discover if it is time for them to give it up.

Why You Keep Bringing Workplace Stress Home With You

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on February 27, 2017 in The New Resilience
Do you think getting more rest and sleep helps you let go of workplace stress when you get home each day? A new study says yes; but it fails to recognize the true solution.
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If You Like Chocolate, You’ll Love Peace of Mind

Developing a non-judgment mindset requires us to shift from expectations to preferences.

Intellectual Bullies: What You Need to Know About Them

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on February 27, 2017 in Evolution of the Self
When we think of childhood bullying, we’re likely to conjure images of a vulnerable child’s being mocked to tears, or having to endure some form of sadistic physical abuse. But...

Divorcing and Coparenting With the Sociopath

There are ways to keep you and your children safe when divorcing a sociopath. Here are 5 things you must do in the face of a personality disordered ex.
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Feeding and Needing

In recognition of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2017.