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

Amy Sue Nathan: Learning to Love Being Alone

By Jennifer Haupt on November 23, 2017 in One True Thing
I had tackled the layers of divorce, both legal and personal... But I had never spent so much as a weekend alone in ten years, until the kids went to visit their dad.

Beware Handsome Strangers: When Online Suitors Are Scammers

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 23, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Social media is a convenient, rewarding way to keep up with existing relationships, and form new ones. This is also why it is such an attractive tool for criminals.

Grief Lessons

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on November 23, 2017 in Creating in Flow
My husband of 34 years died recently. Unprepared for the reality of terrible loss, I learned how to grieve like everyone does: the hard way. Here are 12 lessons....

52 Ways: Learn How to Deal with People Toxic to Your Couple

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 23, 2017 in Life, Refracted
After you identify a third-party threat to your couple, you can take several actions to limit current and prevent future damage. Many describe expressing love to the third-party.

Read this before heading home for the holidays...

Holidays, family meals, and reunions can include “spirited” conversations, and “enthusiastic” exchanges of opinions over the dinner table...
Pexels free stock photos

Seven Tips for Enjoying a Family Thanksgiving Celebration

Don't want your family dinner to degenerate into arguments? Here are a few ideas that will help you this Thanksgiving or at any family gathering.

How Practicing Humility Can Help Your Love Life

In terms of dating and relationships, there is a lid that fits every pot and it is easier to find the lid for your pot if you’re not blowing off every lid with steam and arrogance.

Holiday Conversations in a Polarized World

In today’s highly polarized political climate, even time spent with family and friends can quickly turn contentious.

The Other Woman’s Role in the Breakup of your Marriage

Words have power so if your husband leaves you for another, you’ll feel better if you call her names - homewrecker, low-life, bitch, whore, tramp, slut, skank.
CC0 Creative Commons; Free for commercial use; No attribution required

It Depends

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on November 22, 2017 in In Control
We always make decisions relative to other decisions we could have made or different goals we could have achieved.

Four Ways to Feel Better about Yourself

Not feeling confident? Silence that inner critic and boost your self-worth with these tips.

Age Is Just a Number

Wolfinger’s Goldilocks Theory demonstrates that the likelihood of divorce is the lowest between the ages of 28 and 32. With this in mind, how long should we wait to wed?
Adam Kontor/Pexels

Improving Your Chances on Tinder

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on November 22, 2017 in Love, Digitally
Females are three times more likely to send Tinder messages compared with males.

Researchers Identify Why Favorite Songs Make Us Feel So Good

By Christopher Bergland on November 22, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroscientists have pinpointed why the songs we love give us intense pleasure.
Pixabay image by maxlkt

Practical Tips for Metabolizing a Compliment

We often deflect people's compliments because we're been taught to be self-effacing. But letting ourselves receive and metabolize a compliment can nurture us as nothing else can.

Love At First Sight Feels Magical, But What Is It Really?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on November 22, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Love at first sight. Is it real? What is it? How does it play into our ongoing romantic relationships? New research adds to our gradual understanding of courtship and mating.

Three Signs You Are Winning at Life

By Jonathan Fader Ph.D. on November 21, 2017 in The New You
Looking to get a great job, earn more money, or buy a new house or car? You're likely on the wrong track.

Interview with Janet Fitch: Why Historical Fiction?

By Jennifer Haupt on November 21, 2017 in One True Thing
"People think you get to this magical place where you know what you’re doing....But every novel is a completely new animal. You’re always a beginner. That makes it interesting."

Your Body Is at the Root of Your Rage

By Jason Whiting Ph.D. on November 21, 2017 in Love, Lies and Conflict
Is anger interfering with your intimate relationships? Your body may be hijacking your good intentions.

When Thanksgiving Comes with a Helping of Social Anxiety

By Dawn Kingston Ph.D. on November 21, 2017 in The Pregnant Pause
Holidays can be especially challenging for pregnant women who have social anxiety. Here are seven tips that can help.

What Happens When You Run into Your Therapist on the Street?

By Loren Soeiro, Ph.D. ABPP on November 21, 2017 in I Hear You
Have you ever had the unnerving experience of running into your therapist when you're not at all ready to see him or her? How will it likely play out and why?

Will it Last? Three Tests

By Temma Ehrenfeld on November 21, 2017 in Open Gently
To know whether your relationship will last, think more deeply about time.

The Seven C's of Thanksgiving

By Alexandra Solomon Ph.D. on November 21, 2017 in Loving Bravely
Feeling nervous about an upcoming family gathering? The seven C's of Thanksgiving can help you prepare you, body, mind, and spirit for any family dynamics that come your way.

The Best Way to Counteract Rude Behavior

Whether they intend to or not, people may at times behave rudely. A new study on incivility’s effects shows why rudeness hurts so much and how you can negate its effects on you.

Navigating the Holidays

Holiday gatherings are a mixture of joy and stress. People planning can reduce stress and increase joy.
Pixabay

You Can’t Make Someone “Care”

Five things you can do if you find yourself in a relationship where you think you can to make your partner care but they don’t respond.

Can a Relationship Recover From Resentment?

Can a relationship recover from resentment?

Remorse and Gratitude

As journalist and author Mignon McLaughlin stated, “True remorse is never just regret over consequence; it is regret over motive.”

Intelligent Men More Likely to Marry and Stay Married

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on November 21, 2017 in Attraction, Evolved
Intelligent men are more likely to be married. But is this because a smart man is more alluring or because brainboxes happen to possess other desirable qualities?