Life provides turning points of many kinds, but the most powerful of all may be character-revealing moments.
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Suzanne Degges-White Ph.D.
New mothers may be surprised when the harsh reality of motherhood doesn't match the fantasized version. How do you know when the baby blues have lasted too long?
New findings suggest that today’s young adults are the loneliest generation ever. Can we blame the Internet?
Women have come a long way, but it may be other women who are holding us back from going further.
Every week, someone famous seems to stumble and fall in public humiliation, yet many of us still believe that money equals happiness.
People are dynamic and are changing every day. If a relationship isn't flexible enough to handle the changes, it is unlikely to last for long.
As we grow up, the things we believe truly matter in life tend to shift and this reflected in our recollections of important moments in our lives.
In a world that is over-scheduled and electronic communications keep us over-connected, giving yourself a break from the work world can pay dividends more valuable than a bonus.
Once upon a time, we just wanted to be "good enough" parents; today, many of us feel driven to be "super parents," without realizing that being a good enough parent is enough.
Americans quit jobs for a lot of reasons, but they may be just "retiring" an old job that no longer fits for one that gives them a fresh take on life.
Freckling your partner is a metaphorical way to describe the summer lover who shows up when the sun grows warmer, but fades away once autumn sets in.
It's a national holiday. Are you able to relax on your day off or are you worrying about the tasks and responsibilities that you’re given time off to forget?
If you're feeling a little lonelier these days, research suggests you're not alone. Here are some ways to build up a social support system to get you re-connected to life.
When it comes to mental health and wellbeing, the words that a person uses can provide clues to how he or she is feeling.
You can’t necessarily stop a broken heart or fractured ego from hurting, but we can all learn how to get through the experience without hurting others.
When can the hallmark characteristics of a narcissist be a good thing?
Not all narcissistic traits are necessarily negative qualities, but research shows women tend to reject men whose appearance suggests narcissistic tendencies.
We can't save the world — but taking time to look after your own well-being might save your relationship with yourself and your significant others.
Women want partners who have integrity, relational sensitivity, and can offer intimacy in physical, emotional, and compassionate ways.
Sometimes even 20 minutes is too long when you're on a bad first date. Is it okay to exit when your coffee cup's still half full?
Connecting to others is an innate drive, but what draws us to the intimacy of close friendships? How are friendships different from other relationships, particularly kinships?
Men are often raised to believe they have three roles in life: provide, protect, and prove their power.
Whether monogamy or consensual monogamy is your choice, there are ways to ensure your relationship stays strong.
If you want a relationship to grow stronger, you have to be willing to be vulnerable in your disclosures.
Some of us may still believe that women are more social than men, but men need social support every bit as much as women.
To move forward in life, you must open yourself up to risk, faulty decision-making, and possibly getting lost or feeling misguided
Some of us may still get confused about whether a new relationship is love or lust, no matter how old we are or how much we've been hurt.
Personal Intent + Potential Fall-Out = The Value of a Lie
Almost everyone will tell a "white lie" at some point, but there are some situations where lying is not the best option.
It’s like using your sweetest voice, pet names, and special treats to coax your dog close enough to snap on the leash — that's how narcissists love bomb their prey.
Without a personal sense of meaning, connection to others, and an appreciation for what one has in life at this moment, happiness will always be beyond one's grasp.
Suzanne Degges-White, Ph.D., is a licensed counselor and professor at Northern Illinois University.