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World of Psychology


General

Top Reasons Couples Fall Out of Love

You’ll hear many people say “we just aren’t ‘in love’ with each other anymore.” But relationships don’t naturally fall apart, according to Susan Orenstein, a licensed psychologist and relationship expert in Cary, N.C.

Other reasons often underlie a relationship’s breakdown. Below, you’ll find these common reasons along with several helpful suggestions if one hits close to home.
Relationships

5 Warning Signs You’re Being Objectified


Where is the line between healthy attraction and objectification? Know the warning signs now!

A new study shows that objectification can be linked to sexual coercion in romantic relationships. This is not surprising, for several reasons. More alarmingly, objectification is also statistically linked to sexual violence. This is also not surprising.

So how do you tell the difference between objectification and healthy attraction?
Family

Getting Your Needs Met

Are you a nice person? Are you considerate, thoughtful and sensitive to the needs of others? That’s admirable and praiseworthy!

So how come you’ve been feeling unappreciated lately? Your needs never seem to count. It’s not fair.

You take other people’s feelings into account. How come they run roughshod over yours?

General

6 Absolute Must-Haves for Relationship Compatibility


Romantic relationships can be a lot of fun! The start of a new relationship is nearly always one of the most exciting times, as you each explore one another's hopes, dreams ... and bodies.

But what happens if you want to turn that short-term fling into a longer-term thing? Will those same characteristics you found exciting and different in your romantic partner work long-term?

You don't have to be 100 percent compatible in order to make a long-term relationship work. But there are a few areas that you'll find it beneficial to have partner compatibility.

Habits

Learn to Love Your Body with These 3 Simple Steps


Happiness comes from embracing the authentic beauty of our bodies and here's how!

We're all exposed to the bombardment of images of women's bodies, from television, movies, the internet, billboards, packaging and magazines -- young, predominately white, thin, hard, flawless faces and bodies.

The images with which we're assailed to sell us things are not authentic. They're manipulated, photoshopped and radically changed -- eyes made bigger, necks longer, skin smoother, legs thinner and on and on.
General

Counteracting Negative Self-Talk with Supportive Statements

How we talk to ourselves affects everything. It influences everything from how we feel about ourselves to the decisions we make. Negative self-talk can sabotage and undermine our efforts in any part of our lives.

For instance, if you keep telling yourself you’re unworthy or incapable -- “I can’t do this! I’m not smart enough!” -- you might not pursue a promotion or ask for a raise at work. If you keep telling yourself you’re undeserving of love -- “I have too much baggage!” -- you might not date or date people who mistreat you. You might stay in toxic relationships, and let others walk all over you.

Anger

Silence: The Secret Communication Tool

What if I told you silence is good for communication? Would you believe me?

You wouldn’t be alone if you said no. Most people probably would disagree with me. In fact, many would argue that silence isn’t even communication at all.

In reality, though, silence can be a very effective communication tool. Communication is simply about conveying a message, and sometimes silence can do that better than any words.

General

Compare and Despair: On Losing Jealousy

When I was 11, I auditioned for a ballet school. Miss Jo, the founder of the program, and of The Dayton Ballet Company, came to the auditions and sat next to my mom.

“Your daughter has beautifully arched feet,” she told my mom. “Although we wish all dancers had high arches, it will make it more difficult for her to learn pointe. Keep her out of the advanced classes so that she doesn’t become discouraged.”
Anger

3 Ways Breaking Up Can Actually Improve Your Life


Learn about some of the positive things that can come out of a difficult breakup.

Breaking up is a horribly painful experience, whether it's with someone you've only been dating for a little while or with a spouse you've been married to for years. I rank it up there in terms of stress with those other biggies -- losing your job, moving, and so on. You're likely to lose sleep, eat more or less, feel angry and sad (maybe at the same time), and wonder why this had to happen to you.