Driving With Your Partner: An Opportunity for Stress Regulation

Reality, fiction and lyrics suggest that romance unfolds in cars. Given the privacy, small space, music, heat or lack of it, cars invite emotional connection and events to remember.

Not Always Paradise By the Dashboard Light    

If you are in a relationship, however, you also know that as romantic as being in a car with your partner can be – there is the other side. Driving together can go from good...
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Do You Have A Problem With Destination Memory?

Have you ever realized or been informed that the person you are talking to has already heard the joke or story you are telling?

“ I already told you this?”

If you have been in this situation, you are not alone. You are dealing with what experts call, Destination Memory.

Destination memory is the ability to remember to whom you told what. The reason that so many of us have problems with it, is that it has been found to...
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Success in a Marriage Means More Than Just Being Faithful!

To really maintain a loving and vital marriage, you need to do more than just be faithful. For a successful marriage, you need to come home in a way that makes your partner know why you are coming home to him or her.

In his interesting and provocative book, Monogamy, Adam Phillips suggests, “…the cruelest thing one can do to one’s partner is to be good at fidelity but bad at celebration.”

Is he right? I think...
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Key to Life After Divorce: A No-Fault Perspective

At the time of my parents’ divorce, “No-Fault” was neither a legal construct nor a psychological perspective my mother would have considered. My father was the one who had been involved in an affair. The marriage was over and he was clearly the person at fault.

Over the years many states have changed to “No-Fault” Divorce, a determination that means that partners are now only required to swear that the relationship between them has broken...
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How Do We Cope With Hate Crimes? Three Considerations

The world looks on in horror as we consider the death of 49 and the injury of 53 people in the Orlando terrorist hate crime shooting that targeted the LGBTQ community.

According to the FBI, a hate crime is a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity."

The hate crime that killed and injured so many in Orlando was further fueled by...
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