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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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Dear Parents, It's Time to Let Go

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on July 29, 2017 in Social Lights
What college-bound students wish they could say to their parents.

Suppose You Practiced Mindfulness Meditation?

Cultivate your capacity to be mindful and you enhance your ability to respond to rather than react to anger.
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Where to Go on a First Date? Why Scene Selection Matters

Sparks fly when distraction is low. Selective focus is seductive, so on a first date, set the scene to give your partner your undivided attention.
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Lying in Relationships: 3 Steps to Making It Stop

Lying is always destructive to relationships. The causes and ways to stop it.

Can Technology Make Us More Human?

Do the advances in social media, artificial intelligence, robotics, and other technology threaten our basic nature as humans, or will technology enhance our humanness?

Why Is Recovering from a Breakup Easier for Some Women?

Wonder why you are still struggling to recover from a breakup that happened long ago? Three factors may explain why.

Benefits of Sex After 50

On July 24, 2017, The European Court of Human Rights affirmed the importance of sexuality to people 50 and older. From hormones to spirituality, sex can benefit older adults.

Why Everyone Looks Good When Closing Time Is Near

Have you ever found yourself saying "yes" to an offer that you should have refused?

Is Wonder Women an Expression of Androgynous Power?

For a woman, using power can be tricky. She risks being perceived as pushy and aggressive—after all, power is openly expected to be excised by men.

Help, I Married My Father

Why do so many women end up unhappily in relationships with males who remind them of their father? How can we stop this painful habit?

Feeling Lost? Part 3

When you begin to master the tasks of the wanderer, caregiver, warrior, and orphan, you move into the intimacy stage. All along we have had unpredictable episodes of intimacy.

Zeus or Sisyphus?: A Tale of Couples Therapy

By Marty Babits on July 27, 2017 in The Middle Ground
With Zeus wielding power to create anything and Sisyphus, trapped in eternal futility, how can a couples therapist help break this deadlock?

Are You Happy With Your Character Resume?

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on July 26, 2017 in Think Well
A lot of people place excessive importance on material "success." They use money, things, and achievements as their metrics of choice. Here's why many of them are unhappy.
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Why We Need More Connection

By John Kim, LMFT on July 26, 2017 in The Angry Therapist
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The Smartphone: Handle With Care

The retreat that technology offers can be a dream come true for introverts--but it can become a nightmare.

Follow the Leader: Authority-Based Relationships Uncovered

An expert on alternative lifestyles shatters myths on these relationships.

8 Things the Most Toxic People Have in Common, Part II

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on July 26, 2017 in In Flux
The label "toxic" person carries with it many opinions and feelings. This blog tries to clarify various concerns expressed in the comments.

Was It Meant to Be?

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on July 26, 2017 in Hot Thought
When love affairs and jobs go wrong, people are sometimes told that it just wasn’t meant to be. Does such meaning come from God, the universe, fate, destiny, karma, or anything?

My Teen Son Is Smoking Marijuana

How to handle a teen's marijuana use.

Secrets to an Okay Marriage

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 26, 2017 in How To Do Life
Getting to, staying at, and appreciating a 70th percentile relationship.
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Camp, Interrupted

Indeed, my season at camp had been interrupted halfway to the finish line. I was aggrieved.
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There Really Is a One-Minute "Marriage Cleanse"?

Too busy for a "date night"? Try this instead.

Cultural Humility

The United States' relationships with other cultures have declined. Cultural humility can help correct this.
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It's Not All Your Mother-in-law's Fault

Your in-laws may not be as bad as you think.
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The Meaning of Friendship in a Social Networked World*

Do you have relationships through which you are able and willing to disclose your authentic self—close thoughts, intimate feelings, and sensitive vulnerabilities, including fears?

The Joys of Parenting

Is parenting overwhelming? Stuck in a negative rut? A few reminders and some good advice can help.

Feeling Lost? Part 2

In a committed relationship that means a great deal to us, it’s not so easy to walk away when difficulties arise.

The Big-hearted "Big Sick"

By Deborah King on July 24, 2017 in Mining the Headlines
A new way to view a Pakastani Muslim—as the lead in a romance with real heart.

Four Ways to Determine a Relationship's Breakup Potential

Generally these four factors cause people to eventually break up, divorce, or stay miserably together.