Essential Reads

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?

New Study Explains Why Twins Live Longer

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in The Squeaky Wheel
A new study examined why twins live longer. But non-twins can benefit from their findings as well.

Find Them Again: Your Golden Friendships

By Temma Ehrenfeld on August 23, 2016 in Open Gently
Reuniting with friends from your past.

3 Ways to Be More Authentic in Your Intimate Relationships

Feeling that you can be authentic in your relationships is certainly one of the keys to fulfillment. New research gives you the tools to test how well you measure up.

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Other People's Great Vacations Don't Have to Get to You

When you’re stuck at home or in the office while others flaunt their fabulous journeys around the world, it can be tough. This will help you get over your case of vacation envy.

The Man Who Thought He Was a Cat

The true story of the boy who grew up thinking he was a cat.

Making Room for It All: Part 2

It’s easier said than done to accept our partner the way they are if we haven’t done our own work to know ourselves well.
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Missing the Present Before It's Gone

As you contemplate how time will erase some of the present, do you feel the sadness of losing what you love or do you feel a richer appreciation for what you still have?

How Sex Changes During Pregnancy, Nursing, and Parenthood

By Michael Castleman M.A. on July 01, 2016 in All About Sex
Pregnancy, nursing, and parenthood have sexual impacts few expectant parents appreciate.

10 Ways to Avoid Emotional Fireworks

When someone gets their knickers in a twist and blows up, how do you handle it? If your current way of dealing with emotional fireworks isn’t working, here are ten tips to help you

Complaints in Love Relationships

The success or failure of complaints in love relationships depends on which part of the brain controls the complaint.

6 Talks Every Couple Needs to Have Before Marriage

By Peg Streep on July 01, 2016 in Tech Support
You and your partner should tackle these six important topics before you tie the knot.

The Orgasm Talk

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on July 01, 2016 in As You Like It
Getting beyond the overly simplistic questions like "Was it okay for you?"

Five Dysfunctional Directives We Can Live Without

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on June 30, 2016 in BrainSnacks
Letting go of any or all of the Big-Five directives requires finding, inside ourselves, a greater sense of self-love and self-confidence; the courage to embrace being human . . .
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Can Your Relationship Survive Traveling Together?

By Erica B Slotter Ph.D. on June 30, 2016 in Me, You, & Us
It's summer time! That means vacations with family, friends, and romantic partners. As much fun as these trips are, they can be stressful. How can that impact your relationships?
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Who Are The Loneliest?

We know that there's an epidemic of loneliness among the elderly? But is there another epidemic we are missing?

5 Tips for Easing a Person’s Defensiveness

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on June 30, 2016 in Wander Woman
If the person you are speaking with reacts defensively to your well-meant words, consider these five tips when formulating your response.

How to Get Over an Ex (and 2 Major Mistakes to Avoid)

When faced with the loss of a relationship we tend to vilify or idealize our ex. There is a way out of this obsessive thinking that will help you to heal faster.

Sex as Relationship Builder or Deal Breaker

Sex can be used to build intimacy. But when a relationship is in trouble, sex can be used just as easily to maintain distance. In that case, sex stops being about sex.

A Human Side of Brexit

I can understand the causes, intellectually, but as a living, breathing person, I will never be able to comprehend fully why a person is favored purely due to where they were born.

Nazi Fetishism

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on June 30, 2016 in In Excess
Examples of Nazi fetishism can be found in both musical content and films but what do we know about it from an academic and psychological perspective?

The Bright Side of Dementia

Dementia is devastating, but somehow we’ve turned my mother's journey, our journey, into a treasure hunt. Here are some of the blessings we've discovered.
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4 Ways to Breathe New Life into a Stale Relationship

When relationships start to get a bit too routine and boring, it's time to spice them up. Follow these four steps to get things moving.

Do You Want to Be More Fit, but Are Afraid of Exercise?

Have you become more and more sedentary as the years go by? Are you at the point where you fear strenuous exercise, even though you used to be an active, fit, adventurous person?

Fear, Fame, and Fortune

Aside from our men and women in uniform, celebrities likely have had to surmount the most fear to succeed. These celebrity quotes sum up their often sordid victories over fright.
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For More Sex in Marriage...Think About It

Is your marriage suffering from a lack of increased love and intimacy? Try this...

How to Talk About the Things You Don't Want to Talk About

You can learn to talk about difficult subjects with your partner. Doing so is vital to your relationship.

A Couple Quits Therapy; What Is “Normal” Desire?

By Marty Klein PhD on June 29, 2016 in Sexual Intelligence
When is a lack of desire a problem to fix, and when is it a reasonable response?

Love in Outer Space - Or Just in Your Head?

Water worlds? Kelper 62f? Stanislaw Lew’s sci-fi novel "Solaris" gave them a living angry mind. Tarkovsky’s and Steven Soderbergh’s psychological films saw it differently. Why?

Can Being Scared Make Someone Appear More Attractive?

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on June 28, 2016 in Love, Digitally
Arousal from one stimuli is transferred to another We make a mistake in judging what is causing us to be aroused

11 Ways to Deal With a Critical Mother

What to do about a critical mother

Celebrating Marriage Equality's One Year Anniversary

How have things been different for loving couples since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, one year ago?

Can Mindfulness Make Your Relationship Happier?

Mindfulness can make us healthier and happier, more successful at work, and less stressed. But can mindfulness actually improve our romantic relationships?

3 Surprising Ways Dogs Make Your Relationships Better

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. on June 27, 2016 in Head Games
Humans relate to each other more positively when there's a dog in the mix.