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Unhealthy Relationships

5 Fears That Keep Women Stuck in Toxic, Dead-End Relationships and How to Kick Them

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 03.25.2015 | Women
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

If you're in one of these relationships and have been for some time, even though you know you need to get out, these are the five fears that might be keeping you stuck and their antidotes.

Selfish Love

Susanna Barkataki | Posted 05.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Susanna Barkataki

Instead of looking for love that is unhealthy, or in all the wrong places, or giving in to something that feels manufactured or fake, or simply going the other direction and cynically resisting love altogether, I'm going to try a middle way.

The Lowdown On Breakups: How to Spot a DUD

Christina Pesoli | Posted 03.28.2015 | Divorce
Christina Pesoli

To understand a DUD (deliberate under-dating) breakup, you have to rewind the story of the person suffering from it -- because behind every person suffering from a DUD breakup, there's usually an earlier breakup that set the stage.

You've Grown as a Person, He Hasn't: What Happens to the Relationship?

Kristen Houghton | Posted 03.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristen Houghton

Changing and growing as a couple, as well as individually, is a crucial key to a maintaining a strong, healthy relationship. While the safety of familiarity and a certain amount of sameness are necessary and comforting to you both, new ideas and opinions add spice to your partnership and help to keep it fresh and exciting.

The Only Detox You Will Need in the New Year

Dr. Karuna Sabnani | Posted 03.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karuna Sabnani

Though nutrition is key to a proper detox, what is equally important is whether you are digesting your life or not. Is life nourishing you or eating you alive? Are you satisfied and fulfilled with the life you have created?

When Loved Ones Aren't Very Loving

Judith Johnson | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

As adults we are each responsible and accountable for what we create, promote, and allow in our lives and how our behavior affects others -- no matter how justifiable we believe our attitudes and behaviors to be.

6 Warning Signs That You May Be in a Toxic Relationship

Alexis Meads | Posted 11.16.2014 | Women
Alexis Meads

The relationship was a total roller coaster, and it definitely had it's thrills, but the thrills came at a cost. Every time we'd go out I felt pressured to drink more than I was comfortable with. I did it in part to impress them and also to ease the anxiety I was feeling.

Barnacled, Boundaried or Balanced: What's Your Attachment Style?

Andrea Wachter | Posted 10.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Andrea Wachter

"I dated her for a while, but she got way too clingy." "I was interested in him at first, but then he became needy and controlling." "I love my hus...

My Secret: I Was One of Those Girls Who Had Sex With Older Men on the Internet

Erin McKelle | Posted 10.07.2014 | Women
Erin McKelle

Yes, there was something wrong, but it wasn't with me, and my cyber sex was nothing more than a symptom of something bigger. It was my way of showing that I felt out of control and helpless.

Here's Why You Should Talk To Your Partner About Your Ex (Seriously)

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 07.01.2014 | Divorce

The last thing you want to hear out of a partner's mouth is the name of his or her ex -- but talking about an ex doesn't always signal romantic doom. ...

This Is When It's Okay To Look For Sex Outside Your Marriage

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 08.06.2014 | Divorce

Imagine this: you've been with your partner for a while, and the initial excitement has faded. Feeling unsatisfied with your sex life, you begin to lo...

10 Signs You're Dating An Asshat

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 08.12.2014 | Women
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

Asshats. We've all been in love with at least one. Haven't we? If you haven't, do me a service and lie.

An Important Lesson About Abuse

Krista Barth | Posted 07.19.2014 | Divorce
Krista Barth

Without a doubt, the best lesson I have learned through this life is a simple, yet powerful, truth: "People will do to you in life what you allow them...

The Mystery of Love

Mark Matousek | Posted 07.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Matousek

If you want the love of your life to appear, just tell the universe you're not ready. "Don't send me love!" you should scream -- if you want it. It's the opposite of that book The Secret. "Please, God, don't send me a keeper!" That's when Cupid goes through his Rolodex.

7 Strategies for Dealing With the Narcissist You Love

Dr. Craig Malkin | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Craig Malkin

If you've tried a more loving approach to sharing what hurts in your relationship, and the narcissist in your life still won't soften, you truly have done everything you can.

Contemplating the One-Two Punch of Divorce

Linda Esposito, LCSW | Posted 06.20.2014 | Divorce
Linda Esposito, LCSW

Divorce is devastating on many levels. The shot to the heart takes your breath away, and leaves you doubled-over as if you were punched in the gut. And that's just for starters...

Why Do Good People Stay In Inadequate Relationships?

Kim Rosenberg | Posted 05.27.2014 | Divorce
Kim Rosenberg

Why do we stay in relationships that are unhealthy and sometimes harmful? I often hear, "We tried four times to make it work," or, "The relationship was over two years ago, but I just couldn't leave." Otherwise very healthy people regularly stay in relationships for the wrong reasons.

Think You've Found True Love This Valentine's Day? 12 Signs It's Endless Love (and 10 Signs It's Gotta End)

Avril Carruthers | Posted 04.15.2014 | Women
Avril Carruthers

There are no guarantees for any relationship. You can't know for sure that it will last a lifetime because we're not static beings, but living, growing individuals.

Jealousy: A Little Goes a Long Way

Nate Holzapfel | Posted 03.01.2014 | Impact
Nate Holzapfel

There's no way to quantify a feeling, but if there were, jealousy would be at the top of the list entitled, "the best ways to destroy yourself from within."

What To Do When You've Outgrown Someone

Dr. Karuna Sabnani | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karuna Sabnani

This may come as a surprise, but toxins aren't just found in air pollution or your poor food and drink choices. To really feel that desired sense of relief, clarity and glow, you have to look at all parts of your life.

The #1 Reason Angry Couples Stay Together

Linda Esposito, LCSW | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Linda Esposito, LCSW

Have you ever observed a hostile couple and thought, why do they stay together?

How to Ask for What You Need in Your Relationships

Shasta Nelson, M.Div. | Posted 11.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Shasta Nelson, M.Div.

Asking for what we need while in conversation increases our chances of walking away receiving what we needed.

Can Narcissists Change?

Dr. Craig Malkin | Posted 11.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Craig Malkin

As a therapist, I've seen firsthand that changing relational patterns often transforms even the most inflexible "trait" into something softer, gentler -- not a fixed feature, but a protection that eventually yields to touch and intimacy in all the ways one would hope.

Why Am I Attracted to Bad Boys (or Bad Girls)?

Larry Schwimmer | Posted 09.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Larry Schwimmer

Unfortunately, more and more people find themselves in harmful and destructive relationships.

Marriage Issues vs. Mother-in-Law Issues: Tips on How to Know the Difference

Deanna Brann, Ph.D. | Posted 08.26.2013 | Weddings
Deanna Brann, Ph.D.

Marriage, as wonderful as it can be, certainly has its challenges -- especially when you throw your relationship with your mother-in-law into the mix.