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Suzanne B. Phillips, Psy.D., ABPP
Crisis and stress leave partners out of time, out of touch, and feeling out of love. They may need an affair—with each other. The dynamics of an affair can reignite a marriage.
Pets have always been a loving source of resilience, buffering pain, loss, and loneliness. What happens when a pet dies? How do we cope?
While social connection is vital for health and happiness, fear of rejection can impede efforts to connect.
After a frigid winter and a deadly pandemic, many feel traumatized and robbed of their capacity to cope. The garden opens paths of healing and possibility.
Increasing couple communication is important, but an easily overlooked skill is knowing when it is best to say nothing.
The problem with sexual withholding in a marriage has far less to do with actually having or not having sex and much more to do with misunderstanding each other.
Online dating becomes less of a challenge and more of a personal adventure when you add your authenticity, self-reflection, curiosity and laughter.
Everyone living in this age of Covid has suffered loss and fear in life as they knew it. As challenges continue, developing a mindset to cope with uncertainty becomes essential.
While some people offer apologies with the potential for repair, others use “ I’m sorry,” as a quick fix. Many feel remorse but don’t know how to make a real apology.
To protect their relationship, a couple needs to recognize the destructive dynamics that can slowly kill the heart and soul of their bond.
The efforts to “desperately keep someone” may have much more to do with a need for another person than sharing a loving relationship with that person.
Central to healing in the aftermath of a traumatic event is the transformation of trauma’s unspeakable imprint to a story that can be told without reliving it.
Resilience is tied to brain function and we have the power to change it to become more stress-resilient.
The number of self-help books on relationships reflects the search for getting it right. Consider these 4 essential ingredients of a loving relationship.
Research reveals that hope makes a difference, physically and psychologically. In times of uncertainty, it's worth considering how to cultivate hope.
Suzanne B. Phillips, Psy.D., ABPP, is a licensed psychologist and psychoanalyst and the host of “Psych Up Live” on International Talk Radio.