All About Relationships

Love is one of the most profound emotions known to human beings. There are many kinds of love, but most people seek its expression in a romantic relationship with a compatible partner. For some, romantic relationships are the most meaningful element of life, providing a source of deep fulfillment. The ability to have a healthy, loving relationship is not innate. A great deal of evidence suggests that the ability to form a stable relationship begins in infancy, in a child's earliest experiences with a caregiver who reliably meets the infant's needs for food, care, protection, stimulation, and social contact. Those relationships are not destiny, but they appear to establish patterns of relating to others. Failed relationships happen for many reasons, and the failure of a relationship is often a source of great psychological anguish. Most of us have to work consciously to master the skills necessary to make them flourish.

Recent posts on Relationships

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Keeping a Dream Journal

One of the greatest values of a dream journal is the way it grows in power and depth over time.

The Five Best Ways to Ruin an Apology

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How Sex Toys Impact Relationships

How does using sex toys impact the satisfaction both partners derive from a relationship?
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Marriage Begins with Irreconcilable Differences

This 1-minute marriage test will rock your world.

Are Illusory Agreements The New Trend?

Navigating the treacherous waters created by attorneys for whom the practice of law is nothing more than a game to be won is no easy feat.
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One View of Relationships That Needs a Proper Burial

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How to Get the Family You Deserve

Creating the family you deserve and want.

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If your partner is stuck in a 2-year-old's relational patterns, you may need to patiently model and encourage behavior change.

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Online daters with attractive photos are both distrusted and desired.

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Hassles Are Part of Being Human, Even for Our Ancestors

Being human, with all its messiness, is worth the hassle

Recycling in Breakup Grief

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“I Don’t Have the Bandwidth for That”

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5 Essential Tips for Getting Along with Your In-Laws

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18 Questions to Ask Before Getting Married

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on May 24, 2017 in Friendship 2.0
The more love, the better. But love can often blind you to differences that need to be worked out before the wedding. Here are some unexpected things to think about.

The Number One Reason Relationships Fail

By Darcy Sterling Ph.D. on May 24, 2017 in Ask Dr. Darcy
There is one indicator that can predict, with amazing accuracy, the ending of your relationship story. It has to with how you fight.

Digital Silence, and Its Impact on Relationships

Why do we get so upset when we don't get a quick response to our text or email?

Toxic Friend or Just the Product of a Toxic Environment?

Sometimes non-toxic friends display toxic relationship behaviors.
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How to Deal with Difficult People in Your Life

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The Rules of Disengagement

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