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Why Do We Emotionally Need ” Small Talk”?

There is nothing small about “small talk.”

Defined as polite conversation about unimportant or uncontroversial matters, especially used on social occasions, small talk has often been seen in a pejorative or dismissive way.

Actually, small talk has a much broader meaning. Whether we love it or dread it, whether it serves us as a “ tool or trait,” we use “small talk” for meeting important psychological needs.

We use it to make connections, to regulate anxiety and to facilitate...


Breaking Silence

Reporting Rape and Sexual Abuse: The Difficulty Finding a Voice to Heal

According to a telephone survey of a nationally representative sample of 16,507 adults, nearly one in five women has been a victim of rape or attempted rape and one in 71 men reports having been raped or the target of attempted rape.

As alarming as these statistics may be, they greatly under-represent the numbers who have suffered. Men and boys tend not to report being raped and women rarely report rape by a partner or acquaintance. Sadly, ¾ of all rapes are committed by...


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Would You Take a Risk to Improve Happiness?

Research on how to enhance happiness examines the traits, attitudes and behaviors of those people who are found to be happy on screening and assessment measures.

A  study finds that people who enjoy taking risks may be more content and satisfied with their lives than those who play it safe.

It seems that activities that may initially cause us to feel uncertainty and discomfort are actually associated with some of the most memorable and enjoyable life experiences.

Whether it is...


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A Father’s Gift That Keeps Giving: Sharing Your Story

Few fathers or father figures would disagree that the real gifts of Father’s Day are their children- whom they love, carry, care for, play with, worry about, mentor, affirm, argue with, laugh, cry, admire and often marry off.

In his well-researched book, Do Fathers Matter? Paul Raeburn reports what has been scientifically overlooked but emotionally experienced - FATHERS MATTER and their children matter to them.
Fathers may want to reciprocate for any expression of love and appreciation they get on Father’s Day with...


Anger

In The Aftermath of Suicide: The Question WHY?

Suicide is tragic and complicated loss that takes the lives of too many.

Suicide is dangerously high in this country .The annual  suicide rate increased 24% between 1999 and 2014, from to  suicides per 100,000 people, the highest rate recorded in 28 years. For every suicide, people are left behind trying to cope with traumatic loss. They include spouses, parents, children, siblings, friends and relatives.

When the person is a celebrity or a known person in the media, as in...


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Relationship Advice: Sometimes Silence in Golden

Whether you have just begun dating or you are celebrating a Golden Anniversary, most partners are aware that communication is a crucial component in relationship happiness and satisfaction. Most self-help books extol it, and most experts working with couples encourage and facilitate improved communication.

A...


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Warning Signs You Overlook in An Addictive Relationship

There is a striking comparison between the DSM-V Diagnosis of Substance Dependence, a synonym for addiction, and the patterns of use, impairment, increased tolerance, and withdrawal found in addictive relating.

As with other addictions, it is difficult to self-reflect and recognize the dependence trap when you are in it. Here are warning signs that you may overlook if you are in an addictive relationship.

The person you are with was magical when you met. She/he is the...