Category: Relationships

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Your Bed or Mine? The Struggle of Sleeping With a Partner

Your Bed or Mine? The Struggle of Sleeping With a Partner

People who struggle with insomnia face many challenges, and one of the biggest can be adapting their sleep issues when they sleep with a bed partner. A 2017 German study evaluated whether or not sleeping location affected sleep quality in dating couples. They discovered that male partners tend to sleep better when they sleep with...

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The Risks of Boundaries

The Risks of Boundaries

“Boundaries” is a bit of a buzzword these days… People like to throw this idea around a lot: when talking about personal space (literal and figurative), when retelling a story of an acquaintance who texts 10 times a day, or when a stranger offers personal and unsolicited advice. You may hear a friend say, “This...

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Meet Authentic: From Hooking-Up to Finding Love

Meet Authentic: From Hooking-Up to Finding Love

Is dating dead? That’s the popular question from those seeking to understand hookup culture and the technologically-driven, casual romantic meet-up. Young adults are taking their time to commit to long-term relationships (LTRs), a phenomenon characteristic of the new developmental period of emerging adulthood. This extended period allows for individuals to explore relationship preferences and enjoy...

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Why We are Fascinated by Other People’s Disasters

Why We are Fascinated by Other People’s Disasters

[This article was originally published on Shrink Tank on September 3, 2015] So what would you do if you saw a couple breaking up right in front of you? A couple you don’t know at all, and you’re sharing a confined space with them. Well, this was reality for Kelly Keegs. She was sitting in...

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Would You Ever Open Your Marriage? The Psychology of Open Marriages

Would You Ever Open Your Marriage? The Psychology of Open Marriages

[This article was first published on Shrink Tank in February 2017] Marriage and relationships are changing in the 21st century.  Hear from real-life folks who say polyamory works best for them. Valentine’s Day comes around every February, bringing with it horrible romantic films, stores filled with boxes of candy, and cuddly stuff animals.  The gifts...

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Skills for Shyness and Social Anxiety: Part 1

Skills for Shyness and Social Anxiety: Part 1

Skills for Shyness and Social Anxiety: Part 1 For individuals who are shy or have social anxiety, it can be very hard to feel comfortable interacting in social situations. These situations can range from one-on-one conversations, group meetings, social events, or performance situations. Oftentimes, it is difficult to speak up or express an opinion due...

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Skills for Shyness and Social Anxiety: Part 2

Skills for Shyness and Social Anxiety: Part 2

Skills for Shyness and Social Anxiety: Part 2 This series covers several skill areas that socially anxious individuals can practice to begin feeling more confident in their ability to face anxiety-provoking situations. And honestly, these are skills we all need to remember and practice at times. Today’s topic is… Pre-Conversation Skills Before even beginning conversations, it...

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Skills for Shyness and Social Anxiety: Part 3

Skills for Shyness and Social Anxiety: Part 3

Skills for Shyness and Social Anxiety: Part 3 I have been discussing several skill areas that socially anxious individuals can practice to begin feeling more confident in their ability to face anxiety-provoking situations. And honestly, these are skills we all need to remember and practice at times. Today’s topic is… Conversation Skills Many people with social...

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Skills for Shyness and Social Anxiety: Part 4

Skills for Shyness and Social Anxiety: Part 4

Skills for Shyness and Social Anxiety: Part 4 Today is the final article exploring several skill areas that socially anxious individuals can practice to begin feeling more confident in their ability to face anxiety-provoking situations. And honestly, these are skills we all need to remember and practice at times. Today’s topic is… Balanced Communication Communication...

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Can Charisma Be Learned?

Can Charisma Be Learned?

When I was in middle school, I felt certain that traits had to have been genetic gifts. Some people seemed to understand social relationships, and were magically gifted with social skills, whereas I was pretty lacking in that department. It didn’t help that I had moved to a new city and had a terrible haircut,...