Essential Reads

That Time I Almost Wrecked My Personal Purpose

By Dan Pontefract on May 28, 2016 in Working on Purpose
I once lost my personal purpose. In the process I almost ruined my life. But then I realized, personal purpose is a lifelong journey. How did it end?

Are You a Bigger Flirt than you Realize?

Whether or not you intend to, you may be sending out signals that you’re sexually available. See which of the 5 flirting types fits your own behavior.

OK No Cupid?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 27, 2016 in Ambigamy
Do you dread the possibility that you'll end up single even as, with age, the odds increase that you will? If so, something has to change. Perhaps your attitude about singleness.

Are Wealthy Men More Likely to Cheat?

Recent studies suggest money makes men see more flaws in their female partners' appearance and inclines them to cheat. Do women experience the same effects?

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What Do People Mean When They Say They're Happy?

When people tell us they’re happy, we automatically assume we know just what they mean.
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The Dalai Lama Was Right!

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on May 04, 2016 in In Control
We need to get much better at appreciating that behaviour from an observer’s perspective can be an entirely different experience from behaviour as it is experienced by the behaver.
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Feeling Entitled to a Little Gratitude This Mother’s Day?

Here’s an icky confession: Since becoming a mother, I have dreaded Mother’s Day.

Surviving Mother's Day: 5 Strategies to Get Through

By Peg Streep on May 03, 2016 in Tech Support
Yes, it's supposed to be a celebration. But for some women and men, it's one of the most difficult days in the year.
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Have We Learned to Ignore Emotional Abuse?

Emotional abuse is like the parable—pervasive, self-perpetuating, and so common that everyone can relate to it. In fact, that’s part of the problem: it is so common.

5 Reasons a Partner May Become Emotionally Distant

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on May 03, 2016 in The Squeaky Wheel
Do you feel disconnected from your spouse or partner? Do they avoid intimacy? Are they acting distant and disengaged? This is what might be going on, and what you can do to fix it.

The Cop Visit Taught Me a Lesson

By Tina Traster on May 02, 2016 in Against All Odds
With RAD children, the rules don't always apply. Telling Julia to call the police was a joke, but it backfired.

How Do You Forgive Even When It Feels Impossible? (Part 2)

I'll explain what I mean when I use the word "forgive," why I recommend the healing power of forgiveness, and how to heal even when you don't feel you can forgive.

The Gift of Listening to Our Mothers

We may think we our doing our mothers a favor by listening to them, but the gift is ours.

When It Comes to Love, What Makes Narcissism So Attractive?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on May 02, 2016 in Psych Unseen
In seeking potential mates with just the right amount of healthy narcissism, we risk finding too much.

4 Stunning Things Thank-Yous Do for a Partnership

This one "booster shot" helps partners stay happier & more satisfied, stay together longer, and protects from the negative effects of arguments. So why is it so hard to keep up?

Early Maternal Love and Support Boosts Child's Brain Growth

New research suggests that a child's brain is particularly sensitive to maternal love and support during the preschool years. A lack of nurturing can stunt brain development.

The Cinderella Bait-and-Switch

By Danielle Teller on May 01, 2016 in Tipping Sacred Cows
As a society, we teach our children that true love is life’s highest goal, but once they get married, we tell them that true love does not exist. Our society is being hypocritical.

This Simple Insight Will Take a Load Off Your Mind

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 01, 2016 in Ambigamy
You'll be a lot smarter, happier and more bully-proof when you divorce the popular moral nonsense that makes an absolute virtue out of only-sometimes-useful tactics.

Does Your Marriage Need Help? Send Out a May Day Call!

Anyone who’s ever pondered the demise of a marriage knows that even when money, time and energy are no object, splitting up a family is a very hard thing to do.You may not have to.

Love Potion No. 9

By David Ludden Ph.D. on May 01, 2016 in Talking Apes
Oxytocin is commonly known as the “love hormone,” but it can have opposite effects depending on the person and the situation.

Psychology Research And Advocacy

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on May 01, 2016 in Pop Psych
Many people get involved in psychology to help other people, which can seriously interfere with getting research right.

Seven Lessons I Have Learned in Therapy with Men

What is involved in a man exploring his inner world? Hint: it looks different than a woman exploring hers.

When Food is Love

For my mother, cooking was never a service; it was the deepest, purest act of love.

Do You Know How to be Married?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 01, 2016 in How To Do Life
My thoughts after 40 years of happy ( well reasonably happy) marriage.

Cell Phones and College Students

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on April 30, 2016 in Social Lights
Surprise! Some students see the downside to cell phones.

When It’s Crazy, It’s Not Love!

Have your friends told you you're crazy to be with someone? Find for insane patterns in unhealthy relationships

4 Great Starter Phrases to use When Venting to Your Partner

Simple conversation starters can make all the difference between "dumping" on your partner and securing their support.

Should Everyone Get a Plus-1 Invitation? What about Minus-1?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on April 30, 2016 in Living Single
Beyond the plus-one: I'm also in favor of the minus-one invitation.

Is Your Cell Phone Your Best Friend?

Is your cell phone your best friend? How to avoid becoming the tool of your tools.

Creating Boundaries with Your Adult Child

Are you overwhelmed, stressed out, and racked with guilt in trying to decide how to best help your adult child?

Can Friends Raise Your Pain Tolerance?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on April 30, 2016 in Off the Couch
Social networks have many purposes, some good and some bad, but who would have thought that they might work as a painkiller?

Twelve Surprising Results that Lead to Finding “Balance”

By Kimberly Key on April 30, 2016 in Counseling Keys
Years of research revealed twelve areas of life that need attention for balance and health. Which of these areas of your life are neglected or overdeveloped?

Watch Your Language!

Just what is your choice of language telling yourself and others?

Addicted to Romantic Suspicion

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on April 30, 2016 in Obesely Speaking
When you are absolutely 100% sure he or she is cheating, and you are absolutely 100% dead wrong every time.