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The Squeaky Wheel

Getting over heartbreak is far harder than we realize, because something surprising is going on in our brain.<p>There are reasons why losing a pet …

Customer Service

7 Reasons Most People Are Afraid of Love

The story of lost love is one most of us can tell, and the question, "Why do relationships fail?” lingers heavily in the back of our minds. The …

Relationships

Psychology’s Greatest Advice

We live in a time when psychological advice is offered in many different shapes and sizes. Whether it’s Psychology Today, the American Psychological …

Psychology

The No. 1 Feature of a Meaningless Job

Ask people what they want in a job, and meaningfulness looms large. For decades, Americans have ranked purpose as their top priority—above …

Employment

The Problems with the Love Hormone

How oxytocin is shaped by your parents and wrecks your relationships<p>When it comes to love and intimate relationships, one neurohormone gets more …

Self-awareness

Thinking Outside the Box: A Misguided Idea

Although studying creativity is considered a legitimate scientific discipline nowadays, it is still a very young one. In the early 1970s, a …

Creativity

From Romantic Heartache to Something Better

Getting love right, once and for all.<p>People who are divorced, breaking up or finding themselves continually attracted to the same unfulfilling …

Divorce

Get in Touch with Your Relationship Myths

The <b>fantasy of the soulmate</b> can drive people to spend their lives bouncing from relationship to relationship, never finding one that completely …

Psychology

5 Decisions That Shaped Shirley Temple's Remarkable Life

New research reveals a double standard that secretly sabotages change attempts.<p>Resilient people feel in control even when reality contradicts that …

Self-improvement

If You Want More Out of Life, Just Ask

I'm a complete sucker for being asked to do things. I sometimes actively avoid people because I know that if they ask me to do something I will be …

Psychology

How to Choose a Mate

When searching for a mate, most of us carry around a list of criteria or qualities that we tell ourselves we're looking for. A brief perusal of any …

Brad Pitt

You 2.0

You or Your World?<p>If only you had a more interesting job, lived in that charming old house across town, or were married to Dave instead of Tom—you'd …

Self-help

Is Casual Sex Hazardous to Your Mental Health?

Casual sex gets a bad rep. Although most young people have at least one hookup under their belts, many fear this is detrimental to their …

Mental Health

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3 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Marry for Love Alone

Those who don’t marry for love in our culture are considered unlucky, suspect, manipulative, exploitative, and bad. We feel they are either doing …

Relationships

How to Make Yourself Do It When You Just Don't Want To

There’s that project you’ve left on the backburner — the one with the deadline that’s growing uncomfortably near. And there’s the client whose phone …

Procrastination

The Science of a Good Marriage

If anyone understands the chemistry of a good marriage, it's John Gottman, Ph.D. For over three decades, Gottman has interviewed almost 700 couples, …

University of Washington

Is Empathy Sexy?

Years ago, when I was a freshman, still hungrily exploring campus life, I met an unassuming young woman at a party. There wasn't anything especially …

Psychology

Finding the Meaning in Your Work

“What is your current work doing to you as a person—to your mind, character and relationships?”<p>This quote is from one of my favorite career books, …

Employment

4 Ways to Be a Good Friend During a Friend's Breakup

Follow these tips to provide healing space without judgment.<p>What can you say? What should you do? You care about your friend, but you know trying to …

Grieving

The Best Thing You Can Do for Your Partner

<i>Charlie:</i> Like many other people, I grew up believing that marriage required self-sacrifice. Lots of it. I thought that successful couples put each …

Inspiration

Sex on the First Date? Don’t Feel Ashamed

Accepting why you had sex on a first date may help you feel more in control.<p>Despite women’s progress in shedding some of the shame attached to their …

Self-esteem

How Healthy Are On-Again/Off-Again Relationships?

<i>“I keep on fallin’ in and out of love with you. Sometimes I love ya, sometimes you make me blue. Sometimes I feel good, at times I feel used. Lovin’</i> …

Breakups

Field Guide to The Self-Doubter: Extra Credit

Rosalyn Lang has a Ph.D. in molecular biology, has just completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University, and recently launched her own …

Psychology

The Way We Talk About Gender Can Make a Big Difference

We are obsessed with gender. In the hospital, babies are given a pink or blue blankets. They come home in pink or blue car seats that get clicked …

Parenting

What No One Teaches You About Love (but Should)

Fear of intimacy isn’t a character flaw rendering us unfit for intimacy; it is part of being human. If we're breathing, we have fear of intimacy. The …

Self-help

5 Powerful Strategies to Get You Out of a Rut

Source: YanLev/Shutterstock<p>Do you feel like you are trapped on a hamster wheel, spinning in circles and getting deeper into your rut? As <i>Mastering the</i> …

Psychology

Why Toxic Friendships Are Bad Investments

Are you a savvy investor or are your friendships bleeding you dry?<p>When others do you wrong, where do you draw the line? Just about everyone likes to …

Happiness

Is Our Sexual Double Standard Going Away?

Everyone knows there is a double sexual standard. Ask any survey participant—male or female—and they'll tell you that women are judged more harshly …

Social Sciences