A Six Stage Tool To Stop Self-Pressuring

Easier said than done, learning to self-govern to achieve goals by easing up on oneself rather than cracking the whip takes hard work and concerted effort, when faster fixes fail.

Does Hormonal Contraception Raise Suicide Risk?

New research looks at how different factors related to hormonal contraception may affect risk of suicide, providing important information for clinicians and patients.

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

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.

Are Fears Of Self-Compassion Holding You Back?

Research suggests that fears of self-compassion can get in the way of growth. Developing compassion can help to facilitate change. Read a comprehensive overview here.

Six Elements Of Self-Care In Adults With Childhood Trauma

From childhood to our relationship with ourselves, carrying a negative or empty sense of self makes it learning self-love seem like an impossible bootstrap. Yet it can happen...

Is Your Sexuality Harmonious or Obsessive?

Research suggests that distinguishing between harmonious and obsessive passion is a useful psychological re-frame and associated with different outcomes.

Why We Might Feel Lonely Around Narcissism

Experiencing an unstable sense of self is a challenging experience on many levels. Empathy in narcissism is shaped by sense of self, as researchers are exploring.

How-To: Mindfulness-Based Interoceptive Exposure For Pain

A simple technique techique for relief from chronic pain using mindfulness-based exposure to internal bodily sensations of pain.

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Suicide?

Suicide is notoriously hard to predict and a source of tremendous suffering. New work shows how machine-learning may provide a game-changing tool for determining suicide risk.

Causal Networks of the Brain in Depression

Advances in computational techniques move neuroscience forward by mapping out causality within functional brain networks.

5 Ways to Communicate to Achieve Better Sex and More Orgasms

New research shows how sexual and relationship satisfaction are distinct yet interrelated, describing ways to enhance both by communicating differently about each.

What Happens When We Are Too Self-Protective?

Reflections on emotional vulnerability and risk-taking.

We Project Onto Romantic Partners Our Own Desires to Cheat

We are often convinced that mistrust of our romantic partners is well-founded. Sometimes it is, but research suggests that suspicion also comes from our own attraction to others.

My Partner Cheated on Me—Should I Try to Make It Work?

How do we decide whether to stay or go after someone cheats on us? New research sheds light on the decision-making process and helps us understand our own relationships.

What Makes PTSD From Mass Killings and War Stand Out?

New research shows how chronic trauma affects civilian populations.

7 Steps To Go From Dysregulated Emotions To Clear Thinking

When distressing experience triggers emotional instability, it can be challenging to get back on track. The TARGET model provides a seven step approach to use when overwhelmed.

How Recognizing Shame Can Help Us Grow

Shame can be used to attack and try to control others, but voluntarily dealing with the aftermath of shaming experiences can sometimes help us to move forward.

A Simple Tool for Greater Relationship Satisfaction

In today's hectic, sometimes lonely, day and age, proven tools to increase passion and relationship satisfaction are a sought-after commodity. Research is illuminating and useful.

5 Signs That a Partner Might Become Unfaithful

Are you concerned your partner may be seeing someone else when you've agreed to be exclusive? Researchers continue to study infidelity to better understand when and how it happens.

How Facing Nuclear Destruction Could Make Us Wiser.

We are apparently in a nuclear standoff. Do we find ourselves here again because we can't cope with death anxiety? Terror management theory informs the discussion.

How Do We Decide Whether or Not to Break Up?

What factors do we weigh when deciding to leave a long-term relationship? How does attachment style influence decision-making? New research provides additional insight.

What Stops People From Cheating on Their Partners?

Infidelity generally leads to pain and suffering for all involved, and is the most common factor in divorce. How do we resist temptation, making it more likely we'll stay together?

Are Sexbots Here to Stay?

Sex dolls have been around for centuries and are coming of age with the advent of humanoid robots and virtual reality. Where are we with sexbots? What will the future hold?

What Does Self-Actualization Really Mean?

Self-actualization, rather than being a mystical pursuit of personal grown and realization, is grounded in basic functional motives. Clear understanding helps us find ourselves.

Women's Sexual Pleasure, Orgasm, and Touching

The sources of women's sexual satisfaction remains less understood in spite of recent advances and advocacy. New empirical research gives detailed insights into what women like.

Pornography and Broken Relationships

People who view pornography are much more likely to experience a romantic relationship breakup. We look at research data supporting this expectation and discuss pivotal factors.

Six Ways to Beat Childhood Trauma and Stop Self-Sabotage

Recovery from trauma and growing beyond it can seem challenging and even impossible. Here are some potentially useful tools to begin to take the first steps.

6 Ways That Childhood Trauma Affects Your Adult Relationship

Dissociation unplugs us from ourselves, interfering with identity formation throughout development. Recovery starts with recognition, moving toward more connected identities.

Four Different Biotypes of Depression

Psychiatry lacks biological tools to assist in diagnosis and treatment. New research on brain network "biotypes" is a major step forward in developing biomarkers for depression.

What Are They Doing With Those Smartphones?

Adolescence is even more challenging with social media. New research gives insight into the social media lives of adolescent girls, important for parents and others to understand.