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5 Signs You're a GREAT Parent

5 Signs You're a GREAT Parent

Society may insist that the family landscape is changing. Same-sex parents, foster parents, adoptive parents, and other non-traditional family arrangements are becoming more common. Yet, the ability to parent a child is not linked to genetic, gender, or cultural factors. Adults with these five qualities make the best parents, as explained by the greats from the fields of psychology and child development - Bronfenbrenner, Bandura, Vygotsky, Rogers, Bowlby, and Erikson.

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Is bisexuality real?

Is Bisexuality The New Gay?

Bisexuality is the new gay. By this I mean that since homosexuality is becoming increasingly acceptable in the United States, the proverbial torch has been passed to bisexuals and their allies. Now their cause needs championing because bisexuality remains stigmatized, stereotyped and discriminated against. Soon the term "biphobia" will become as commonly known as "homophobia."

Pain and Psychotherapy

Pain and Psychotherapy

Pain and psychotherapy All felt pain has physical and psychological components.  Sensory and emotional signals are sent up and down the body/brain systems. Suffering and agony are fear related to pain.  They are intrinsic to pain.  Fear, in a deep body/brain sense, is a requirement. It manifests as muscle guarding which tenses the muscle areas surrounding the pain.  This increased tension can cause more mechanical pain, leading to more muscle guarding, and more pain.

Planning Your Wedding For Less

Planning Your Wedding For Less

How To Cut Your Cost To reduce your wedding budget rethink how to include your loved ones and friends. Couples do this in a number of ways. Your loved ones would like to be included but that inclusion can be simply and sweet. Idea’s To Consider ~ The guest list becomes two events. For example inviting your parents and siblings to a private ceremony and include your friends and family a with celebration gathering either later that day or after your honeymoon.

Stress Be Gone!

Stress Be Gone!

The story goes like this: Eighteen hours before my plane is going to leave for Jamaica, I discover that I cannot find my passport anywhere. I spend the next 10 hours turning my house upside down and still no passport. I was calm at the beginning. Of course it will show up I thought. It really can’t be that far but by the time I was convinced it was in fact lost and began looking for solutions to replace it, there were very few solutions and all of them were expensive and would take time.

3 Ways to Guard Against Abusive Love

3 Ways to Guard Against Abusive Love

This guest article from Psych Central was written by David Sack, M.D. One of the most heartbreaking things about abusive relationships is how much they can look like love in the beginning to their victims. They are often swept off their feet, passionately courted, and made to feel more special than they have ever felt before.

Bend It Until It Breaks

Bend It Until It Breaks

There has been a lot of breakup in our extended circle lately, and each one seems to be fitting the same pattern. The “giver” in the relationship keeps giving, and giving in, without standing up for, or taking care of, him or herself. Finally, he snaps, and ends the relationship.  The thing bent until it broke. And everyone rallies around the so-called giver saying, “You did everything you could.” I don’t think so.

The Dance We Do in Relationships

The Dance We Do in Relationships

Those of us who suffered emotional trauma as children (OK, we all did, but at different degrees), developed attachment issues.  For the healthier child, mom walks out of the room, child feels a moderate amount of stress, mom reenters, child experiences joy, and child learns that simple separation is OK. For the rest of us, we may become clingy, insecure, avoidant, confused and/or disoriented. We make fundamental decisions at an early age and develop patterns of reaction which we carry into adulthood.

Relationships are Hard – Deal with It

Relationships are Hard – Deal with It

It seems like it should be easy. Man is a social animal. Relationships should be natural. We’ll they’re not, and the sooner you can let go of that, the happier you’ll be. People who work on their relationships, especially when they are extremely difficult, are heroes.

What’s So Good About Breathing?

What’s So Good About Breathing?

From the moment we’re born, while we are healthy, we take our breath for granted. While we successfully breathe unconsciously our entire lives, bringing consciousness to breath has an extraordinary effect. When we’re upset with our partners (friends, family, co-workers), both psychological and biological things are happening.  The fight or flight part of the brain takes over, and that clogs our thinking and can cause us to react in ways we might regret.