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Douglas LaBier Ph.D.
Many couples experience a decline in their intimate relationship over time. But that's not inevitable if you know what provides continuous energy in your life together.
What lies beyond healing your conflicts through psychotherapy? A new vision of what mental health is and what promotes it is emerging from unlikely sources.
The sources of stress and conflict aren't what you think, and popular guides to reducing them don't always work. Here's why—and what actually helps.
Our mental health professions have long-overlooked the impact of what we consume - our food intake - upon our emotional health, including what promotes it and what undermines it.
We often think it's good to feel grateful about what we have. But true gratitude is different, and experiencing it is linked with health and psychological well-being.
Are you in an open relationship or thinking about one as an alternative to a monogamous relationship? We now have evidence of how it affects your mental health and well-being.
Does increasing your happiness as you grow older affect your long-term health and risk of dying? Some new research answers that, but it's unclear about what "happiness" means.
Many people feel stressed by their work and careers. There's increasing evidence that unhealthy work environments produce accumulating damage to your mental health.
Research and clinical observation both reveal a complex relationship between hardships in life and increased wisdom. It depends on what you learn — or don't.
How does your capacity to laugh at your difficulties affect your mental health? What we see clinically coincides with some new research.
If you have a pattern of breaking up and making up, research shows it damages your mental health. How can you alter that to create a lasting, healthy relationship?
Many think that sexual desire for a prospective partner increases when there's uncertainty and mystery about the partner's interest in you. But some research suggest that's not so.
Are millennial men becoming less traditionally "masculine"? New research shows the impact of this shift on relationships and the workplace.
What attracts you to a partner may prove to be a dead-end, or may contain the basis for long-term intimate connection. Here's why, and what helps build lasting intimacy.
Can you learn to relate to your intimate partner in ways that sustain long-term emotional and sexual connection? Both research and clinical evidence show what's key.
If you fear your relationship might not survive, you're likely to act in ways that make that happen. What, then, is needed for sustaining a romantic partnership?
Do you ever hear an apology from a public figure who's committed a transgression or illegality, and it sounds insincere? And you don't think it warrants forgiveness? Here's why.
People who think of themselves as entitled often refuse to follow rules of conduct that others accept. The source is an overlooked feature of narcissism.
What happens when you immerse yourself in nature? Most people feel greater connection and calm, and now a new research study shows how it impacts your overall mental health.
Surveys keep finding chronic unhappiness with work. The usual focus is on managing stress, but ignores the source: An unhealthy management culture.
Here are three potential reasons for the association.
Two new studies shed light on midlife depression. One concerns conflicts with mother and siblings; the other, the effect of untreated depression.
A new survey reveals a surprising pattern.
Is it possible that you can increase your happiness in life by embracing unhappy feelings -- your anxieties, fears, anger, resentments, and all sorts of negative emotions?
Your level of self-esteem affects how good or bad you feel about sacrificing for your partner. But feeling supported increases your success and wellbeing outside the relationship.
A sense of purpose underlies what we go after, or pass by; and affects the consequences of both. A new study shows how a moral vision of leaders leads to more productive workers.
Do you want lifelong vitality and health? Research shows that your state of mind and engagement with others matter more than your physical condition.
Feeling anxious and worried can increase your motivation and action for dealing with problems and decisions. Research shows how.
Why did he run away from the orphanage at 14 and hop freight trains across Canada? What led him to settle into a life that sought security but harbored unfulfilled dreams?
New research finds that just having sex sustains relationship happiness. But sexual connection emerges from an energized, overall relationship, which grows from three key parts.
Douglas LaBier, Ph.D., is a psychologist and the Director of the Center for Progressive Development in Washington, DC.