Essential Reads

We Project Onto Romantic Partners Our Own Desires to Cheat

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on October 19, 2017 in ExperiMentations
We are often convinced that mistrust of our romantic partners is well-founded. Sometimes it is but research suggests that suspicion also comes from our own attraction to others.

3 Best and Worst Ways to Be a Friend When a Friend Needs You

A recent news article suggests that people need friends as well as lovers. When your friend’s relationship is in trouble, research shows what to do and not do as a confidant.

The Most Attractive (Invisible) Asset on a Date

If you set your device on the table on a date, beware: distraction signals disinterest. Instead, cultivate chemistry through the most significant silent compliment: your attention.

Bromance Over Romance, Say Men in New Study

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on October 17, 2017 in Living Single
A study of 30 heterosexual university men found that they valued their bromances more than their romances in every way except one.

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How to Bring Someone to Their Senses

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in In Control
There is not a stick strong enough nor a carrot juicy enough to deposit a “sense” in someone else’s mind if it does not fit with their views and their life.

Violence Comes in Many Forms

he dictionary defines violence as “injurious physical force, action or treatment intended to inflict harm.” The most important word in this definition is “intended"...

Three Tips for Staying Heart Healthy

Hint: Positive emotions can be good for your body.

Communicating Mindfully in Relationships

Do you need to work on communication in your relationships? Try setting a relationship intention to communicate more mindfully with your partner.

When Online Friendships Cause Distress

It’s not uncommon for people to establish friendships with individuals who “show up” in online and virtual settings, but are these friendships "real" friendships?

Sharing the Love: Research Shatters Myths About Non-monogamy

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Standard Deviations
New research employing personality theory and moral psychology shatters myths about consensual non-monogamy.

Adoptees and Lying: Why Your Child Might Be Telling Lies

By Carrie Goldman on September 20, 2017 in Modern Day Parenting
Are you struggling to understand why your adoptee frequently lies? Learn how to empathize and respond.

Roadblocks to Intimacy & Trust IV: Emotional Triangles

By Joan Cusack Handler Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Of Art and Science
The Roadblocks to Intimacy and Trust Series explores the impact of early childhood relationships on the establishment of intimacy in adulthood.

How to Leave a Toxic Relationship and Still Love Yourself

"I am leaving you for me. Whether I am incomplete or you are incomplete is irrelevant. Relationships can only be built with two wholes..."

Feeling Lonely? You May Be Damaging Your Health

Loneliness has been linked to inflammation and even higher mortality rates. Find out if you have an unhealthy level of loneliness and what you should do about it.

The Creepy Appeal of the Bad Guy Narrator

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in Creating in Flow
When the bad guy pops into your head and demands a novel, what can you do? That's easy. You write from the point of view of a narcissist.

Attachment Styles

Attachment styles can affect our partner selection, the way in which we relate to our significant other, and the behaviors we display during the course of our relationship.
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10 Things I’ve Learned About Love in the Last 10 Years

By John Kim, LMFT on September 19, 2017 in The Angry Therapist
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Should You Go to Couples Therapy?

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in Friendship 2.0
Lots of people waver on whether they should take the plunge and see a couples therapist. Might it be time for you and your partner? Here are some clues.

16 Fun Games to Play with Toddlers & Preschoolers in the Car

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in Joyful Parenting
Car rides can be meaningful ways to engage with toddlers and young children. They can help strengthen a playful bond and grow children's vocabulary and skills.

Who’s Cleaning the House?

It’s not just physical labor. It’s about expectations, perceptions of fairness, and various emotions.

My Mother Tries to Control My College Life

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on September 18, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
I need help dealing with my controlling mother.
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The Key to Healthier Relationships

How partners can help one another change their attachment styles and deepen their relationship.

How Can Leaders Find Happiness?

By Peter Bregman on September 18, 2017 in How We Work
Discover the SHARP model for a happier life, an easy way to beat procrastination, and the number-one factor in predicting well-being.
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The Shadow in a Selfie

By Elizabeth Young on September 18, 2017 in Adaptations
Silence was the main means of communication about the deep, sharp tensions that sliced the fabric of family life.

Relationship as Spiritual Practice: Part 4

To consider death and loss helps to keep us awake, for we don’t have forever to show those we love how we feel about them. We don’t have a moment to lose.

What Turns a Man On? For Some, It's Feeling Desired

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on September 18, 2017 in SexualityToday
A man whose deepest need is to feel desired may be analogous to one who gets excited by wearing women’s clothing. Best to just chalk it up to sexual diversity and accept it.

Hooked on Disappointment

By Megha Pulianda, M.S., LPC-I on September 17, 2017 in The In-Between
Daring to break an unhealthy relationship cycle takes hard work and courage, but it can lead to a future of genuine love.

Deconstructing the Pumpkin Spice Latte Craze

September is here and that means one thing…Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte is Back! Have you ever wondered why this seems to be such a big deal to the general populace?

BIG FUN

By Bernard L. De Koven on September 17, 2017 in On Having Fun
There's a certain kind of fun we call "Big Fun." It's something massive, usually, demonstrably fun, alluring, freeing, even.

I Should Never Have Trusted Him (or Her)

If you have been deceived for years, you may have this same reaction. But should you?
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Self-Critical? Time to Lighten Up on Yourself

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on September 16, 2017 in Fixing Families
Self-criticism can erode your self-esteem, keep you constantly anxious, sap you of any of life's rewards. Time to calm those scolding voices.

Looking for the G-Spot? 6 Things to Know

Is the G-spot real? Does every woman have it? How do I know if I'm touching the right spot?

Maybe You Should Get Married

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on September 15, 2017 in Clear Communication
Before you make a copy of your house key, read this before cohabitating.

Different Ways to Say “I Love You”

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on September 15, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
We all know that people experience love in different ways. Some people want affection, others need praise, and for others, actions speak louder than words.