Essential Reads

How Long Should You Wait for a Partner?

By Jen Kim on August 29, 2016 in Valley Girl With a Brain
I’ve looked to science, asked relationship experts, talked to friends (both married and unmarried) for better answers. What I’ve found is that there isn’t one.

Do Strong Sexual Desires Universally Predict Cheating?

If you (or your partner) have a high sex drive, is there more risk of infidelity?

Your Magic Wand for Less Drama, More Love

What if you could create that deep loving connection as your (almost) constant way of being with your child? It would be like giving yourself a magic wand.
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How to Overcome FOMO

Fear of missing out got you down? Not for long with these 5 tips.

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The Wedding Season Friendship Strain (And How to Avoid It)

Planning a wedding? Read this before announcing your wedding party.
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This Is How to Rescue a Struggling Relationship

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on July 30, 2016 in Off the Couch
Do you fear that your marriage is in trouble? Try to improve it using this research-based solution.

Mad Love: Personality Disorders in Harley Quinn & the Joker

Do the Joker and Harley Quinn display common symptoms of personality disorders?

The Art of Negotiation- Part 2

What if what’s true is that the institution of marriage isn’t the problem at all, but how people define it?

Two Hidden Ways to Sustain Romance and Intimacy

It's easy to overlook the small things that can promote a lasting romantic connection and wellbeing with your partner.

Common Sense Trust Thinking

Do you trust strangers more than coworkers or bosses? More than neighbors? The government? Discover why common sense thinking about trust isn't so common.

Love Won't Last With Your Partner Unless You Both Have This!

Do you really think, "We just drifted apart" cuts it to explain why so many loving relationships fail? Read about this key ingredient to make satisfying love truly last.

Are You Getting Enough Affection From Your Partner?

Affection is a basic human need, so what happens when you don't get enough of it in relationships? New research explores this question.

What to Do When Treatment Doesn't Work

By Allen J Frances M.D. on July 29, 2016 in Saving Normal
Giving up on curing the illness doesn't mean giving up on helping the patient.

How to Hire a Gardening Mentor

By Jennifer Haupt on July 29, 2016 in One True Thing
I had a love/hate relationship with my garden. So I hired someone who could teach me the basics of how to spend less time digging in the dirt and get better results.

The Divorce Curse of Bravo’s Real Housewives Continues

Let Jules, Cynthia, Yolanda, Luann, Bethenny, NeNe, Porsha, Phaedra, Tamra, Vicki, and others be cautionary examples of how the show makes relationships more vulnerable to divorce.

Why I’m Giving Up My Job as an Undercover Muppet

By Kristen Lee Ed.D., LICSW on July 29, 2016 in Reset 24/7
Are you a perpetual people pleaser? Our performance driven culture can leave us depleted, requiring us to rethink our obsession with perfectionism in favor of self-compassion.

Advice: Should I Delete My Ex And His Family On Facebook?

When you break up, should your online friendships end, too? Advice to a letter writer who feels self-conscious about her ex's family checking up on her online.

Could Loving What You Do Be a Problem?

Do you love your work? Do you believe that what you do each day is making a positive difference? Does it give you a sense of identity and a feeling of purpose in the world?

Do You Truly Love Animals?

Do you know how to show your love for animals truly? This article helps illustrate some surprising insights!

5 Tips for Avoiding Regrets About Love

Wondering how to avoid having regrets about love and relationships? These five tips will help keep you from saying "if only..."
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Why Stonewalling Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

By Temma Ehrenfeld on July 28, 2016 in Open Gently
A new study finds that men who stonewall their partner can end up with back and neck pain.

I Like You, But How Do I Know You Like Me?

Observing a few nonverbal cues instantly lets you know if someone likes you or not.

You're Not Really Friends With That Internet Celebrity

The psychology of why you feel an illusion of closeness to your favorite internet personality

"Pay Attention, Teach'"

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 28, 2016 in How To Do Life
On communicating effectively with people with a different world view.

Jesus, Trump, and American Morality

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in The Secular Life
Jesus and Trump couldn't be more different.

Competing for Love

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in Life After 50
Is competition for your adult children's love making you miserable? Managing competitive feelings without acting on them can be a major challenge.

The Prisoner’s Dilemma and the "Virtues" of Tit for Tat

You’d probably agree that in an ideal universe you’d do best living your life in accord with the golden rule. But in the real world attempting such an existence is precarious....

Ambivalent About Taking a Trip With Friends

Camping with friends (or taking any other type of trip, for that matter) can be a wonderful bonding experience if you are with the "right" friends under the "right" circumstances.

Gender Differences

We are all unique and don’t always fit neatly into the gender box.

5 Ways To Come Back From a Rough Breakup

Endless self-criticism will get you nowhere and will only intensify the hurt. Here are 5 ways to get over your ex with your self-esteem intact.

"Us" and "Them"...Two Solitudes

People tend to be clannish, and often live in "emotionally-gated communities," in which they seldom communicate. These separations can breed prejudice and conflict, as we often see

What Could You Offer?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on July 26, 2016 in Your Wise Brain
Listen to your heart for offerings calling to be expressed. Maybe it's the offering of never speaking out of anger or really starting that novel, or determining to give love daily.

Anomic Homicide

How can a profound disconnection from others foster the rationale for homicide? And what can we do to change this?