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Jason Whiting Ph.D.
Are you misreading cues in your relationships? Communication often happens outside of words, and reading subtle signals is crucial.
Do you find it scary to open yourself up to love? Sometimes taking the leap of faith is the only way to find deep connection.
Do you find yourself getting annoyed at your significant other? Practicing acceptance can help ease feelings and improve the relationship.
Ever wonder why it seems like long-term lovers start to look and sound alike? Research shows how close relationships transform people as they interact.
Sexual assault is common and damaging, but often remains hidden. To understand why, researchers examined tweets from those who ran into barriers to reporting.
Are you discouraged about the conflicts in your intimate relationship? Learn how to accept and work with these differences to strengthen your connection.
Does it annoy you that your partner seems to change the details of your past arguments? They are likely feeling the same thing about you, and you are both right.
We like to assume we are reasonable and rational, but research has found that most people can change their minds on the spot, and not even realize it.
In relationships, partners make regular bids for each other’s attention. The difference between successful and unsuccessful couples is in the way each responds.
Do you feel taken advantage of or pressured to do things against your better judgment? Here are 7 tips to help you set boundaries with difficult people at home and at work.
Has your relationship gone flat with distractions and neglect? Research shows how having fun together can revive your feelings of friendship and love.
Aggressive words hurt, and our brains react to pain with more anger, which can lead to an escalating cycle of spreading rage.
A new analysis describes the forces that silence assault survivors, including students affected by Title IX changes.
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.
Jason Whiting, Ph.D., is a professor at Brigham Young University and a licensed marriage and family therapist.