Essential Reads

Social Skills 101: Test and Improve Your Niceness Quotient

Social skills are such a key part of life that most of us rarely give them conscious thought. New research will provide a tool for you to do a reality check on yours.

5 Common Ways Money Issues Wreck Relationships

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on September 23, 2016 in Friendship 2.0
Issues surrounding money are one of the most common conflicts within relationships, even where there is plenty of love. Here are some frequent ways that money damages partnerships.

Are Men Attracted to Clever Women?

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on September 22, 2016 in Attraction, Evolved
The claim that men are intimidated by clever women has been backed by the results of a new study of speed-dating by Polish economists.

Women’s Right to Say YES to Sexuality

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in In the Name of Love
Women’s sexual right to say “yes” should be respected, including their right to freely shape their sexual performances, without incurring any social or emotional censure.

More Posts on Relationships

#TBT Research – Why Co-Eds Should Pack Tylenol for College

Research suggests a little Tylenol may help cushion the blow of a broken heart. As it turns out, acetaminophen (Tylenol) has been found to reduce the experience of hurt feelings.

5 Things People Pleasers Need to Remember

Trying to please everyone robs you of mental strength. Here's how to stop saying yes to things you don't want to do.

The Real Narrative of Life

Every story is unique. But the path always leads back to one’s Authentic Being. Love is the sustenance, and authenticity is the fountain of our aliveness.
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♪ When You’re in Love With a Beautiful Woman… ♫

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on August 31, 2016 in Attraction, Evolved
New research shows that we keep a closer eye on our love rivals if our partner is hotter than us.

Love and the Power of Wishful Thinking

By Juliana Breines Ph.D. on August 30, 2016 in In Love and War
Want to turn a friendship into a romance? This simple strategy just might work.

What Melanoma Taught Me About Patient-Provider Relationships

An eye-opening experience as a medical professional is forced to evaluate the patient-provider relationship from the patient's perspective.

Business Connections Complicated by Irrelationship

Everyone knows that "history" causes problems in romantic relationships. It's equally true in business relationships, as this case so pointedly illustrates.

Fighting: Threat and Damage as Ineffective Communication

Winning is sharing. The biomental child development perspective says: “for you to win, your opposer also must win."

Criticism, Avoidance, and Negativity: How They Destroy Love

Tired of the toxic thoughts and fighting? Here is how to stop the toxic criticism, avoidance, and negativity.

Reconciling as Parents

Can divorced parents act like parents, not spurned lovers? These women found a way.

Dating a Man Who Is Separated but Not Yet Divorced?

By Randi Gunther Ph.D. on August 29, 2016 in Rediscovering Love
There are many factors that can affect these triangulated relationships and how they are combined can affect the outcome in different ways.

The Lesson I Learned About Living From Someone Dying

By Dan Pontefract on August 29, 2016 in Working on Purpose
Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip has terminal brain cancer but taught us all a lesson during his cross-Canada tour.
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8 Common Traits of Toxic People

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on August 29, 2016 in In Flux
Sometime in your life you will come across a toxic person. This post will help you identify and deal with these difficult people.

There's Hope After Heartbreak: 5 Things To Help You Heal

Five steps to heal and move on after heartbreak.

Labor Is Love

There are hidden blessings for at-home caretakers of Alzheimer's sufferers

3 Fundamental Rules of Trust

Knowing how, when and who to trust can be complicated. These three easily avoided mistakes will help you learn who to trust.

A Marriage for the Kids’ Sake

Kids benefit when their parents co-parent well together (even if their parents are not married).

What Makes People Passive-Aggressive? 6 Possible Causes

Be on the lookout for these, before you’re blindsided!

Flexibility and Love: Reaching Children With Cartoons

What should children do with painful thoughts and feelings? Some modern cartoonists are giving our children research-based guidance that can compete with toxic cultural messages.

Haven’t Things Changed in Gender Relationships?

Often people assume that with close to four decades of women having entered the workforce, we’ve arrived. Haven’t we given enough attention to this gender problem at work?

Proclaiming Your Wabi-Sabi Is a Cathartic Antidote for Shame

By Christopher Bergland on August 27, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
You don't have to be a Zen Buddhist to embrace the power of wabi-sabi. Publicly acknowledging your imperfections can make you immune to the isolation created by shame.

On a Carl Rogers Quote

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 27, 2016 in How To Do Life
When are you defending yourself versus being defensive?

Should You Really Tell Your Partner Everything?

So many of us had negative experiences in our past revealing our feelings and needs. We have been shamed and blamed for feeling the way we do.

Is Your Relationship Beyond Repair?

By Rick Miller LICSW on August 26, 2016 in Unwrapped
Your relationship is a gift—one deserving of care, attention, and protection.

When It Comes to Sex, What's Really 'Normal'?

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on August 26, 2016 in Standard Deviations
Recent research shows that, when it comes to sex, people are kinkier than we realize.

5 Ways to Stay Close to Your Partner, Even When You Fight

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on August 26, 2016 in Compassion Matters
The way we argue can dramatically affect our personal health and the health of our relationship. Here's how to resolve conflict in healthier.
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Stop Giving Your Power Away to Others

Take back your power with these 5 steps on dealing with difficult people! Own your reactions and actions, and shift the dynamic to lessen the sting inflicted by a negative person.

This Is What People Would Pay to Avoid Sadness or Feel Love

How much would you pay to avoid feeling negative emotions or to experience more positive emotions?

Defenders of Wildlife Supports Killing Wolves: Livestock Win

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in Animal Emotions
This shocking decision presents many challenges to conservation psychologists, anthrozoologists, and those interested in compassionate conservation.