Life provides turning points of many kinds, but the most powerful of all may be character-revealing moments.
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Insights into the psychology of love
Berit Brogaard D.M.Sci., Ph.D
Only in rare cases is forgiveness justifiable when you don't know whether the other person regrets what she did and perhaps might behave the same way in the future.
When is it right to forgive a person for harm she has inflicted on you? Is she required to change her ways to deserve forgiveness?
Is it wrong to use another person as a means to sexual pleasure?
But if you lie about something merely in order to prevent the other person from saying "no" to sex, and you proceed to have sex with them, then this is sexual misconduct.
Agreeing to sex is not the same as consenting to sex. Consent requires having certain pieces of relevant information about the potential sexual encounter and then agreeing.
Hate can motivate us to stand up for ourselves and those whose lives were taken. Surprisingly, hate can also be what ultimately heals us.
Intense love can seem so lasting and forever that it’s almost surrealistic when we realize how quickly it can turn into hate.
If you hang onto memories of the "good old times" and ignore the red flags rippling right in front of you, you risk staying in a toxic relationship for much too long.
Deceiving another person in order to have sex with them is morally wrong when it prevents the other person from giving fully informed consent to the act.
Individuals who are competent, successful, cooperative and unlikely to confront the bully, or take action when bullied, are particularly susceptible to workplace bullying.
Long-term attraction is more likely to occur in the presence of qualities facilitating attraction, together with personality traits such as availability and inscrutability.
The emotional responses to a thorny breakup can resemble the responses to the death of a loved one.
Does your partner take you for granted? Do you have the same core values? Do you really care about each other? Read on to see if you are right for each other.
Verbal abuse can be very subtle. This may partially be why you are in doubt about whether you are in that kind of relationship with your beloved.
After your breakup you agree to be friends. It doesn't take long, however, before you realize what a huge mistake that was. He is not a friend. He is taking advantage of you.
It is natural to feel anxious and sad if your partner stops fully reciprocating your love. But playing games to regain the power could have a disastrous outcome.
Is a wheelchair a hindrance to romance? If your answer is 'yes', perhaps you are too focused on what your relationship will look like to other people.
While some people do change, most don't. Old habits die hard. If things are difficult now, the likelihood is that they are only going to get worse.
If you want your relationship to last, there are certain relationship styles you should attempt to avoid or at the very least keep to a minimum.
In today’s hookup culture, no one is a priority. People are options, like restaurants. If you don’t like the food, you don’t ever need to go back.
It may be time to cut the connection with your ex altogether. Or consider acting just like them: Remove them from the center of your life.
Why is it so painful to think about your ex's sexual encounters, when you won them back in the end? Read along for five possible reasons that your heart is still aching.
We have the greatest propensity to fall in love when we perceive the other person as a way for us to undergo rapid self-expansion.
Many mistake the shift in hormones and neurochemicals that are natural in healthy, long-lasting love relationships for a sudden absence of love.
Compulsive care-seekers, compulsive caregivers and avoidant individuals typically do not have a loving response that matches that of their partners.
The only effective way to put an end to particular instances of verbal abuse is to call out the abuser each time they strike.
Passionate love and hate are obsessive emotions, whereas indifference is a a kind of numbness that likely sparks an absence of action as opposed to reaction.
The problem with helicoptering is that, like being physically absent as a parent, being hyper-present can harm children.
If we are used to the high of being in love and then we suddenly feel nothing but the occasional closeness and sexual attraction, we are bound to think that something is wrong.
Some romantic partners are convinced that they can provide everything the other person needs. Not so.
Berit Brogaard, D.M.Sci., Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy and the Director of the Brogaard Lab for Multisensory Research at the University of Miami.