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Jason Whiting Ph.D.
Do you sometimes dodge responsibilities in your life, minimize problems, or avoid issues in relationships? Facing the truth is the first step to making positive changes.
Are you convinced your views are correct? Research on the futility of arguing suggests that debating others and pushing your views rarely changes minds.
How inflated egos and denial can lead to frustration in relationships.
As the virus spreads, risks for domestic violence increase. Victims have fewer options available, but it is still possible to seek safety.
Is the global pandemic stressing you and straining your relationship? A few efforts to soothe yourself and each other can bring healing and harmony.
Escaping violence isn’t easy, but research shows what helps survivors get free.
Outsiders often ask why people stay with abusers, but many powerful forces make it difficult to leave.
Is your relationship suffering because of conflict? Learn how to accept and work with differences rather than trying to change each other.
Are you worn out from life stresses? Your fatigue can cause unexpected damage to your relationships.
Abusers use defense mechanisms like denial and minimization to excuse their actions. They not only blame their victims, but also claim they themselves are the ones mistreated.
Do you find yourself arguing before dinner? Research has shown that hungry spouses are more likely to treat each other badly.
As studies continue to debunk the myths about vaccinations and autism, it is important to understand what autism is, how it has evolved, and why rates have risen in recent decades.
Michigan State president John Engler's attacks on the abuse victims of Larry Nassar is the latest example of denying and downplaying sexual assault.
Learning how pathological liars operate in relationships will help you avoid getting burned.
Depression isn’t just an individual struggle. When it hits a relationship, both suffer.
Are white lies in relationships harmless? Research suggests they not only change the way we see ourselves, but can also lead to bigger betrayals.
Is flattery in a relationship harmless fun or a dangerous deception? It depends on who is doing the flattering, and why they are doing it.
Why are online relationships tricky? Part of the problem is the tendency people have to lie on social media and dating profiles. These small deceptions can lead to big troubles.
Are you wondering how to create fulfilling love that is more than the rush of passion? Nourishing your friendship will strengthen your love, and your relationship.
Are you getting trapped in the same old frustrating fights? The problem is in your pattern. Learn 3 ways to step back, stop the escalation, and increase connection.
Is anger interfering with your intimate relationships? Your body may be hijacking your good intentions.
How do you cope if your spouse is struggling with addiction? Learn how to be honest without enabling.
Regardless of how good an excuse seems, it will usually aggravate problems rather than resolve them.
Research has found that Gandhi's principles of fairness, peace, and principled protest can also change your love life.
Tolkien's book, Beren and Luthien came out decades after the author’s death, but it tells a tale of love that is close to his heart.
Healthy relationships are built upon a foundation of trust. However, it is surprisingly easy to be deceptive in an intimate relationship. Can you be honest and still be kind?
Science is finding that the link between physical and psychological heat is not just metaphorical. A warm body often leads to warm feelings.
Why do intimate partners deceive each other? There are some common and logical reasons.
In May of 2016, actress Amber Heard accused her husband Johnny Depp of hitting her and assaulting her. She posted pictures of injuries to her face and filed for divorce.
Jason Whiting, Ph.D., is a professor at Brigham Young University and a licensed marriage and family therapist.