Essential Reads

Sex, Power, and Risk

By Joye Swan Ph.D. on October 22, 2016 in Up Close and Personal
When it comes to power in sexual relationships, who really controls what goes on in the bedroom?

Are You Obsessing Over Your Ex?

If your ex recently broke up with you, you may have OCD-like symptoms. The good news: standard self-help techniques for OCD may be able to speed up your recovery from the breakup.

Do Facebook "Likes" Affect Psychological Well-Being?

By Gwendolyn Seidman Ph.D. on October 20, 2016 in Close Encounters
New research shows that the way we're affected by Facebook likes may depend on our self-esteem, and our sense of purpose in life.

Cheating? But It Was Just a Webcam!

In the 21st century, as our lives have become increasingly more digital, the once-clear line between monogamy and infidelity has gotten rather blurry.

More Posts on Relationships

6 Steps to Getting Closer

Enjoying the transparency of another person is earned by building trust to the point where they know that their revelations will be treated with great respect.

The Thin Line Between Fiction and Fact

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on September 02, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
A new novel about the relationship of Einstein and his wife Mileva, told from her point of view, strays too far from the truth.

What Is Unconditional Love?

Unconditional love is one of the most misunderstood phrases there is. Here is what it really means and how to recognize it when you have it and how to leave when you don't.

Was Your Relationship Good For You?

After a breakup, figure out how unhealthy your relationship was and commit that you will never allow that level of dysfunction again.

Blame the Pedophiles, Not Their Wives

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on September 02, 2016 in Insight Is 20/20
Yes, the wives or girlfriends of pedophiles have instincts, and those instincts will often tell them that something is wrong. But blaming these women is unfair and wrong.

Why It's Good to Feel Sad

By Atalanta Beaumont on September 02, 2016 in Handy Hints for Humans
The importance of sadness

3 Unexpected Ways to Make Yourself More Attractive

By Madeleine A Fugère Ph.D. on September 02, 2016 in Dating and Mating
Have you considered trying some unusual tactics to make yourself more attractive? Beware, what makes you feel more attractive may actually make you less attractive to others.

What Angry Patients Need from Skilled Clinicians

The very nature of most anger management referrals contributes to the failure of meaningful skill development in managing anger.

Persuading Others With Loving Thoughts

Can a love song increase your chances of getting a date? Can sharing loving memories with your partner make them more agreeable? Find out what the research has to say...

Can We Trust Our Feelings?

By Rolf Reber Ph.D. on September 01, 2016 in Critical Feeling
Learn when you can trust your feelings.

My Son Is Sexually Attracted to Me

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on September 01, 2016 in The Teen Doctor
How to talk to your son about sexual feelings

7 Steps to Resolving Conflict With a Passive-Aggressive

By Andrea Brandt Ph.D. M.F.T. on September 01, 2016 in Mindful Anger
Healthy conflict resolves disputes, and builds understanding and compassion in relationships.

Goodness: An Often Underrated but Much Needed Virtue

There are many example of goodness out there. When we see it, it can inspire and motivate us. Perhaps we need to attend to goodness more often and model it as much as we can.

#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.

♪ 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.

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).