Essential Reads

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.

Self-Absorption: The Root of All (Psychological) Evil?

If you’ve ever been called self-absorbed, you can be sure you weren’t getting a compliment. So why is it so easy to fall into the pit of obsessive rumination?

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The 'A' Word

There’s a reason many adults hate the label ‘ADHD’. It’s cruelly synonymous with ‘incompetent,’ ‘lazy’ and ‘fail!’ to too many people who use it. This stereotyping hurts us all.

Want To Save Yourself Years Of Heartache?

Dysregulated relationships have a hard time surviving the transition from the passion of the honeymoon period into a mature, profound, and sustainable commitment to reciprocity.

The Surprising Emotion Behind Anxiety

Are you seething inside but acting cool on the outside? Learn how to safely let go of your controlled demeanor, and communicate honestly and directly.

Protect Your Relationships By Communicating Effectively

Are you afraid of your relationship suffering due to poor communication? The strategies in this blog post will go a long way to address relationship communication troubles!

How Intimate Partners Manipulate Each Other

Do you feel the need to use manipulative behaviors when you can’t get what you need by being more open and direct?

Is the World More Dangerous Now Than Ever?

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on July 24, 2016 in Excellent Beauty
Fear of violence seems to be governing our lives these days. But should it? Could the world actually be safer now than it has ever been?
Malerie Willens

Can Trauma Improve Our Psychological Health?

The impact of trauma is complex. Not all of it is bad, and sometimes it may even be good.

Mastering the Art of Negotiation-Part 1

When we each know ourselves well, and develop negotiation skills to lobby for have our needs met, we thrive.

The New Science of Empathic Accuracy Could Transform Society

Contrary to popular belief, new research shows that the ability to interpret other people's emotions accurately requires more cerebral thinking and less intuition.

Who Is That Big, Green Judging Machine?

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on July 23, 2016 in Wander Woman
Judging and criticizing can be exhausting. So why does your brain thrive on hurling insults? Learn why and what you can do to gain peace of mind and better relationships.
K. Ramsland

Packing Heat: Writing About Sex

Writing a sex scene is like playing jazz: you shut down lose self-censorship.
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Is Your School Helping or Hurting Your Child’s Literacy?

Reading is key to success. Five common teaching practices that don't work; and six ways to support kids in acquiring a love of reading that encourages learning across the lifespan.

The Dance of Relationship

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on July 22, 2016 in In Flux
Relationships are often compared to dancing. When partners are on the same page the dance looks easy and effortless. But what about a partner who constantly steps on your toes?
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Taylor Swift: Is It Okay to Get Over the Old With the New?

By Jane Greer Ph.D. on July 22, 2016 in Shrink Wrap
Does Taylor Swift move too swiftly?
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How to Talk About Sex

Having trouble talking about sex with your partner? Some tips for starting the conversation.

Can You Teach Someone to Love Their Job?

Confucius advised: “Choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.” Steve Jobs agreed, counseling: “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
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The Best Thing to Do Before Handling a Problem

What is one easy thing you can do before walking into a difficult situation?

Help Me: A Psychotherapist’s Tried-and-True Techniques

By The Book Brigade on July 21, 2016 in The Author Speaks
Those who strive for perfection rather than excellence often end up with self-condemnation. Yet they often justify their self-defeating beliefs with “personal propaganda."

5 Reasons We Tell People More Than We Should

There are many reasons why oversharers insist on telling you more than you want to hear.
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Does Your Partner Know the Real You?

Your tendency to self-enhance can ruin your shot at long-term love.

I'm a Teen Mom With Mother Problems

How to deal with a controlling mother

Fear Keeps Depression in Place: Part 2

Fear of success is sometimes a bigger obstacle than fear of failure.

4 Keys to Leaving a Bad Relationship

By Craig Malkin Ph.D. on July 20, 2016 in Romance Redux
So you’ve decided to leave a bad relationship, but something keeps pulling you back. Here are 4 strategies to leave for good.

Emotional Support Animals: The Therapist's Dilemma

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on July 19, 2016 in Animals and Us
Should therapists provide letters that will allow their clients to bring dogs on airplanes and have access to no-pets housing?

Can Pokémon Go Reduce Loneliness?

Pokémon Go has had a dramatic rise in popularity. Can this game impact players positively, including reducing feelings of loneliness? It is quite possible!

Tidying Up Craze: Toss Clutter, Forgive People

Tidying up seems to be a new craze. While it might be helpful to eliminate toxic people in your life, be certain to look inward and embrace forgiveness.

The Paradox of "Tasteful" Gold Digging

By Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. on July 18, 2016 in So Sue Me
Find out why the most unethical forms of gold digging are also the most likely to evade penalty.

The Roots of Marital Conflicts

If you want to change the way you act and feel, you have to change the way you think

Family Discussions About Dysfunction: Use of Disclaimers

In discussing repetitive dysfunctional patterns with important family members in order to improve relationships, one helpful strategy is the use of certain introductory statements.

Are Facebook "Likes" a Barometer of Friendship?

The dark side of social media is when we use it to judge ourselves.