All About Relationships

Love is one of the most profound emotions known to human beings. There are many kinds of love, but most people seek its expression in a romantic relationship with a compatible partner. For some, romantic relationships are the most meaningful element of life, providing a source of deep fulfillment. The ability to have a healthy, loving relationship is not innate. A great deal of evidence suggests that the ability to form a stable relationship begins in infancy, in a child's earliest experiences with a caregiver who reliably meets the infant's needs for food, care, protection, stimulation, and social contact. Those relationships are not destiny, but they appear to establish patterns of relating to others. Failed relationships happen for many reasons, and the failure of a relationship is often a source of great psychological anguish. Most of us have to work consciously to master the skills necessary to make them flourish.

Recent posts on Relationships

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Can Meditation Improve Your Relationships?

Cultivating inner quiet through meditation allows us to contact our truer, deeper feelings. Expressing these more subtle, nuanced feelings creates a climate for intimacy to grow.

The Secret of Dealing with Fear and Stress

What are effective management strategies to deal with fear and stress?

The 7 Stages of Gaslighting in Relationships

How gaslighters emotionally manipulate, traumatize, and exploit victims in personal and professional relationships.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Creating Together

Adult couples show love when they create together, whether a child, a family, a home, an enterprise or business, support for an initiative, or solutions to everyday challenges.

How Are You? Really, How Are You?

Don't be afraid to show concern and compassion. Acknowledging a person and listening to them may remind us all of the meaning of humanity.

The Slow Path to Acceptance

By Susan Hooper on April 29, 2017 in Detours and Tangents
A swirl of negative thoughts had a firm grip on me, but time, perspective and the counsel of friends helped restore my peace of mind.

Facebook Can Create Psychological Safety Nets During Crises

Facebook has many pros and cons, as most of us know. Two recent studies have found that Facebook can create a surprisingly effective "safety net" in times of crisis and distress.

A New Way to Deal with the Needy and the Narcissistic

It can be a challenge to have to reassure the incessantly needy and narcissistic person. New research shows how to help you, and them, break out of their clingy habits.

How To Win Arguments Through Collaborative Truth-Seeking

Do you find yourself tired of arguments? Learn how to win by finding the truth instead of through accusations and blaming.

Is Monogamy Really the Key to Happiness?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on April 28, 2017 in Talking Apes
The common wisdom is that open relationships are less satisfying and more prone to jealousy than conventional matrimony. But the data say otherwise.

Coercive Control of Women

By Carol A. Lambert, MSW on April 28, 2017 in Mind Games
"Are we all talking about the same man?" asks a woman in a recovery group for women with controlling partners.

Couples Benefit Big Time at Bed Time on Vacation

Even if you're a long-married couple, there are a few good reasons that your sex life will heat up if you "get a room."

Restoring Our Selves and Others After Personal Injustices

We all encounter personal injustices in our daily lives. What can we do to achieve a satisfying resolution, while maintaining a balanced perspective of the actions of others?

How to Win the Weekend in 3 Steps

By Jonathan Fader Ph.D. on April 28, 2017 in The New You
Had a long week of work or relationship stress? Take a few minutes to practice these three strategies to make your Saturday and Sunday more enjoyable and satisfying.

Sexuality During and After Pregnancy

Expecting a baby? Research shows what changes you can expect with sex and intimacy.

“Why Did I Ever Leave You?”

By Randi Gunther Ph.D. on April 28, 2017 in Rediscovering Love
People who have not learned the skills to transform their romance into deeper love come to a halt when the most passionate phase of the relationship naturally wanes.

How Are False Beliefs Harming People?

How are yours and others' misguided biases, beliefs, assumptions, expectations, and values causing harm?
Darlene Lancer

Are You Being Manipulated?

Manipulation is veiled influence or hostility that may seem benign, friendly, or flattering. It can be hard to detect and know how to respond, unless you can spot the signs.

Is "Your Relationship" Another Reason to Drink Coffee?

Our everyday experiences, like how much sleep we get and whether we drink caffeine, may affect our relationship satisfaction.

Ten Steps to Overcoming FOMO

In this posting we are offering ten valuable practices that are guaranteed to help to free you from the grip of FOMO and to enhance the quality of your relationships.

Too Young to Be Old: Love, Learn, Work, and Play as You Age

By The Book Brigade on April 27, 2017 in The Author Speaks
Everyone has a “psychological portfolio,” and it’s especially important to update it as you age.

Do You Want Good Self-Care? Love Others

Learning to love more consistently, more consciously, and more deeply is healthy for you.

How Trump Changed My Mind About Marriage

The recent election, combined with some research in psychology, had a profound effect on my personal life.

High-Conflict Divorce: 3 Lessons Learned From the Couch

Recovery from a difficult divorce can seem unimaginable. A few mindset shifts can go a long way toward healing.

Find Happiness Through Connection

Gain a better understanding of people by balancing what you see them do with what you imagine they experience.

7 Building Blocks of a Great Relationship

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on April 26, 2017 in In Flux
So many have a hard time finding and sustaining good relationships. Perhaps, because we have not done the necessary work on ourselves to help us identify the essential qualities.
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The Most Common Relationship Problem

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on April 26, 2017 in Fixing Families
One of the most common relationship problems is the competing needs for closeness and space. The problem is anxiety, and the solution is breaking the pattern. Tips on how to do it.

Loving vs. Judging: How to Keep Your Romance Alive

Most people admit that the most exciting time of their relationship occurred in courtship. And surely nothing quite compares to its freshness, novelty, and intriguing uncertainty.

A Conversation With Dani Shapiro About Memory and Marriage

By Jennifer Haupt on April 26, 2017 in One True Thing
"I was aware that in attempting to tell the truth of our marriage I was at risk of exposing or betraying it. That was the high-wire act."