lonely couple
lonely couple

Are You Together But Still Lonely?

Restaurants have always been a prime location for people watching.  You can tell a whole lot about a couple’s relationship by watching them have dinner together.  Does the couple make eye contact,…


soul mates
soul mates

How Many Soul Mates Can We Have?

The term “soul mate” can conjure up lots of thoughts, emotions, and feelings.  The intellectuals and philosophers attempt to understand and explain the concept, while the romantics and dreamers desperately yearn to…


listening
listening

What is Engaged Listening?

In the modern age of many distractions, active and engaged listening is a skill most people could afford to improve. Paying close attention to what others are saying and truly seeking to…


Malignant Narcissist
Malignant Narcissist

Is He a Malignant Narcissist?

Most people tend to prefer to have things go their way, but they are generally able to decipher the needs and wants of others and incorporate these things into the decisions they…


integrity
integrity

Why is Integrity So Important?

When the author of two novels entitled “Legacy” and “Legacy 2006: Integrity” writes an article about why integrity is important, you’re in for some serious thought processes. We’ll start with this one:…


parent image
parent image

Living Vicariously Through Your Child?

It is safe to say that parents want the best for their children, as parents are generally well-intentioned in how they raise their families. However, it can be tempting for parents to…


bipolar
bipolar

Living with Bipolar Hypersexuality

Bipolar Disorder is a mood disorder characterized by episodes of depression and mania. Manic episodes consist of symptoms that include (but are not limited to) increased self-esteem, increase in risky activities, excitability,…


love
love

What Are The 7 Types of Love?

The notion of love is actually quite complex.  We can love someone in the romantic sense and go on to marry and make a life with them.  We can love a child…


couple
couple

How to Save a Failing Relationship

If you have had relationships end in your life, you are likely familiar with the feeling you get when you realize things are going south. Maybe you and your partner spent time…


relationship red flag
relationship red flag

Relationship Red Flags

Building and maintaining healthy relationships is an important part of adult development; a large majority of humans spend their early adult lives searching for a compatible partner to have children and build…


couple pair
couple pair

Does Briffault’s Law Apply to Humans?

Briffault’s Law states: “The female, not the male, determines all the conditions of the animal family. Where the female can derive no benefit from association with the male, no such association takes…


besties
besties

Let’s Give Each Other a Break!

You don’t need to read blogs online or obituaries to know that people tire of each other from time to time. Even besties and passionate lovers have that problem. The solution is…


oedipus
oedipus

The Oedipus Complex, Is It Accurate?

Sigmund Freud is best known as the father of psychoanalysis.  Through psychoanalytic theory, Freud attempted to explain behavior, while simultaneously mapping out a way to treat mental illness. Freud believed that one’s…


stalker
stalker

How to Identify Stalkers

A stalker is a person who maintains careful awareness and takes excessive interest in another individual.  This close attentiveness may potentially cause a person to become fearful or intimidated.  Stalking is illegal…


alcohol relationship
alcohol relationship

Can Alcohol Effect Your Relationships?

Things taken or experienced in moderation are unlikely to have a significant impact.  Eating ice cream or a favorite desert every once in awhile is not likely to have a major effect…


narcisstic mother
narcisstic mother

Do Narcissistic Mothers Raise Narcissistic Sons?

Narcissism involves having excessive admiration and grandiose opinions of oneself. Clinically speaking, narcissists are selfish, entitled, and obsessed with being well-regarded. They can be extremely difficult to work with or have a…


emotional infidelity
emotional infidelity

What is Emotional Infidelity?

Relationships come in all different sizes and with different relational dynamics in each one; a relationship is established by developing some conscious (AND unconscious) boundaries and limits while developing an intimate connection…


fear of relationships
fear of relationships

Fear of Relationships

Let’s face it–we have all been burned in a relationship at one time or another.  As naïve, love struck teenagers, we had to heal from the loss of our first love when…


control freak
control freak

Are You Dealing with a Control Freak?

We use the term control freak pretty loosely. Most of us can be “controlling” about certain things, but overall a control freak. Many of us have likely encountered controlling people in our…


ghosting
ghosting

Why Is Ghosting So Painful?

A popular radio segment called “Blown Off” airs every morning on 95.5 PLJ.  The purpose of this segment is to help a listener make contact with a person they recently dated and…


threat
threat

What is Emotional Blackmail?

Emotional blackmail is a relationship dynamic that involves a person instilling fear, obligation, and guilt into a relationship with another person, as author and psychotherapist Susan Forward had described. She explains that…


open relationship
open relationship

7 Reasons Open Relationships Don’t Work

An open relationship is a type of relationship status where a couple agrees to be physically and sexually intimate with other people.  The relationship can be a dating relationship or a marriage. …


couples
couples

Is “Cuffing Season” Really a Thing?

“Cuffing season” is the time of year where people are more interested in coupling up with someone else. The time of year is specifically during the winter months which typically fall around…


toxic friendship
toxic friendship

What Is a Toxic Friendship?

Toxic is a word that can be overused when people talk about friendships. When referring to friendships, toxic is a word to describe a relationship that poisons you in some capacity. It…


friends with benefits
friends with benefits

What are Friends with Benefits?

Seinfeld was dubbed “the show about nothing” and aired for nine seasons from 1989 to 1998.  Arguably, its popularity soared because it cleverly addressed a multitude of issues through unique storylines and…


covert narcissist
covert narcissist

Is Your Partner a Covert Narcissist?

Often when discussing narcissists, people are quick to talk about all of the outward social behaviors that related to narcissism: arrogance, grandiosity, lack of empathy, entitlement, expressing that they are unique, special,…


users
users

How To Spot People That Use Others

Can you recall a time in your life when you were used?  Unfortunately for most of us, this usually occurs sometime early in life.  Some of us might have been used for…


misogyny
misogyny

How to Spot a Misogynist

From a young age, we are taught to treat others as we would like to be treated.  Unfortunately, some children miss the memo and go on to treat others very poorly.  Children…


narcisstic abuse
narcisstic abuse

What Is Narcissistic Abuse?

Narcissistic individuals are people who have an overblown sense of self-importance, an overwhelming desire for attention and esteem, issues in relationships, and lack the ability to empathize. However, underneath this façade of…


hugging
hugging

The Science behind Hugging

When you see someone you have not been around in a long time, when someone is celebrating exciting news, or when someone is having a hard time, it is normal to give…


sadist
sadist

How to Spot a Sadist

A sadist is a term that describes an individual who enjoys causing pain, retribution, and shame in others.  Sadists obtain great enjoyment and satisfaction from causing anguish and distress in others.  The…


split attraction
split attraction

What is the Split Attraction Model?

According to the split attraction model, how someone experiences attraction can be split into categories. For some people romantic and sexual attraction are distinctly different experiences. The split attraction model recognizes that…


altruism
altruism

Does Altruism Make You Happy

The English Oxford Dictionary defines altruism as “selfless concern for the well-being of others.”  Altruism encompasses caring and kindness without the expectation of anything in return.  Perhaps not always overtly visible, but…