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Insights into the psychology of love
Berit Brogaard D.M.Sci., Ph.D
We are unusually adept at detecting passive aggression unconsciously. But it takes more careful attention to consciously spot it.
Sadomasochism often involves one person degrading, humiliating, or hurting a submissive other for their own sexual gratification. How can we make moral sense of this picture?
Abusers live for the pleasure they take in asserting power over a victim.
Men tend to take the lead in far-reaching misogynistic movements. But very many women are misogynists too. Here is how to spot them.
The contemptuous person looks down on others yet has a fragile self-esteem. The vulnerable dark triad of personality explains why.
The vulnerable narcissist is far more susceptible to feeling hurt by external feedback than the grandiose narcissist, and is therefore far more prone to be hateful toward others.
Why does the desire to have complete power over another person so often culminate in murder?
Hannah Arendt conjectured that anyone would have acted like the Nazis if thrown into the same situation. She called it the banality of evil. But is it true that we are all evil?
Misogynistic hatred for nonconforming women is anchored in the historical ideal of femininity, an ideal that still prevails in society today.
Work email has become too time-consuming. The inbox gets fuller and fuller. This leads to guilt, email-phobia, and full-blown email-induced panic attacks. Can we un-invent email?
What allows us to take pleasure in horror movies and ancient Greek tragedies can be repurposed as a glue that can temporarily tie together the pieces of a broken relationship.
Although contempt often surfaces as an emotion, it can also be a personality trait of people who tend to look down on others.
The greater our vulnerability in a relationship, the more likely we are to feel hate toward the person we love. But is it coherent to hate and love a person at the same time?
How we bond with caregivers during early childhood affects how we behave in relationships, how in touch we are with our emotions and how much we will allow ourselves to love others
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Only in rare cases is forgiveness justifiable when you don't know whether the other person regrets what she did and perhaps might behave the same way in the future.
When is it right to forgive a person for harm she has inflicted on you? Is she required to change her ways to deserve forgiveness?
Is it wrong to use another person as a means to sexual pleasure?
But if you lie about something merely in order to prevent the other person from saying "no" to sex, and you proceed to have sex with them, then this is sexual misconduct.
Agreeing to sex is not the same as consenting to sex. Consent requires having certain pieces of relevant information about the potential sexual encounter and then agreeing.
Hate can motivate us to stand up for ourselves and those whose lives were taken. Surprisingly, hate can also be what ultimately heals us.
Intense love can seem so lasting and forever that it’s almost surrealistic when we realize how quickly it can turn into hate.
If you hang onto memories of the "good old times" and ignore the red flags rippling right in front of you, you risk staying in a toxic relationship for much too long.
Deceiving another person in order to have sex with them is morally wrong when it prevents the other person from giving fully informed consent to the act.
Individuals who are competent, successful, cooperative and unlikely to confront the bully, or take action when bullied, are particularly susceptible to workplace bullying.
Long-term attraction is more likely to occur in the presence of qualities facilitating attraction, together with personality traits such as availability and inscrutability.
The emotional responses to a thorny breakup can resemble the responses to the death of a loved one.
Does your partner take you for granted? Do you have the same core values? Do you really care about each other? Read on to see if you are right for each other.
Verbal abuse can be very subtle. This may partially be why you are in doubt about whether you are in that kind of relationship with your beloved.
After your breakup you agree to be friends. It doesn't take long, however, before you realize what a huge mistake that was. He is not a friend. He is taking advantage of you.
Berit Brogaard, D.M.Sci., Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy and the Director of the Brogaard Lab for Multisensory Research at the University of Miami.