relationships

Bipolar Disorder and Relationships

The most common symptoms of bipolar disorder are sustained, quick, and drastic changes in someone’s mood. These fluctuations considerably affect an affected person’s ability to adapt. In this regard, bipolar disorder and relationships is a complicated combination. The typical bipolar…

Erikson’s Stages of Psychosocial Development

Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development refer to a comprehensive psychoanalytical theory that identifies a series of stages a healthy individual must experience throughout their lifetime. Each stage is characterized by a psychosocial crisis of two conflicting forces. Erik Erikson, like…

The Difference Between Monotony and Heartbreak

The difference between monotony and heartbreak lies in one word: attention. If you don’t pay attention to your relationship and let monotony take over, you’ll find yourself heartbroken and wondering what went wrong. Read on to find out what you…

Sex and Technology: Influence and Peculiarities

Human sexuality had remained unaffected by technological advances for thousands of years. Nowadays, however, technology is starting to take the limelight and sex and technology are closely related. This is due to the existence of technology itself, but also because…

The Differences Between Separation and Divorce

Separation and divorce might seem like the same thing, but there are important emotional and legal differences between the two that affect everyone involved. Both spouses are affected and, if they have kids, then they also suffer the consequences. If…

When Your Family Affects Your Relationship

If your family affects your relationship, things can get very complicated. You might have to learn to deal with situations that you weren’t prepared for and didn’t ask for. Although we might not think about it this way, when you…

A Breakup Doesn’t Mean You Failed

Breakups tend to be painful for everyone involved. However, when you’re on the receiving end, it can be even more difficult for you because you didn’t get a chance to decide. Consequently, you might interpret the breakup as a failure…

Eight Keys to Managing Resentment

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines resentment as “a feeling of indignant displeasure or persistent ill will at something regarded as a wrong, insult, or injury”. It’s a negative emotion that you feel when someone harms you intentionally or didn’t try to avoid…

How to Get Through a Fight with Your Partner

It’s impossible to avoid conflicts in a relationship. At the end of the day, you’re two very different individuals. But the problem isn’t that people fight. The problem is that a lot of people don’t know how to deal with…

Emotional Distance: When Relationships Grow Cold

When relationships start to fizzle out, sometimes people tend to behave badly. When faced with emotional distance, some people walk out with no explanation. Others come up with excuses or refuse to acknowledge the signs that the relationship is coming to…

Sexual Narcissism: What is It?

Do you ever feel used by your sexual partner? Do they only want you around when they’re in the mood for sex? Does your sexual partner only care about their own pleasure and always puts you second? If any of…

What are Growth-Focused Relationships Like?

A lot of people believe that relationships are synonymous with discomfort. This is because, for them, a relationship represents a permanent sacrifice, an uncomfortable place to be in. What is your personal view of a relationship in terms of success and…

Seven Characteristics of People Who Crave Love

People who crave love often do so because they grew up without affection or emotional intimacy. We’re talking about people who need to be held in someone’s arms and hear loving words or have simply never felt affection from those around them.…

Five Masked Control Mechanisms

Masked control mechanisms are strategies that some people use to manipulate the behavior of those around them. These people use them because they want to be in control and dominate others. Therefore, they’re always against being self-sufficient. Sometimes these attempts to be…

The Five Most Common Relationship Conflicts Couples Have

The most common relationship conflicts couples have nowadays are very different from those our grandparents had. Relationships have changed drastically in these last three or four decades. In fact, new sources of conflict have emerged since gender roles and family structures…

Feeling Protected Makes Us Happy

All human beings need protection. Sometimes we’re fragile and feel a deep need to be protected. This is a fundamental need that exists from the time we’re born until the day we die. Feeling protected helps us create healthy attachments with those around…

Do You Know the Seven Types of Non-Monogamy?

Who said that relationships are only built between two people? Many people have discovered that monogamy isn’t the only option. Thus, terms like ‘relational orientation’ have emerged. It means that just as people are attracted to a certain gender (or…

Three Myths About Romantic Love

These myths about romantic love are some of humanity’s biggest lies. They stem from people’s tendency to idealize the “perfect couple.” We idealize each other and love is a convenient way to cover up each other’s defects. Love is everywhere.…