relationships

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.…

The WhatsApp Couple: Messaging in Relationships

Messages that say “Good morning, I miss you” or “How is your day going?” are simple gestures that enrich our romantic relationships. However, the surge of messaging in relationships and the dependence on the double blue tick can sometimes lead…

Communitas: Changes in the Liminal Space

Anyone who has participated in a pilgrimage knows that it’s something special. However, they might not know about the concept of communitas. Walking with strangers and sharing a goal with them leads you to create special bonds. A destination, a shared path,…

Three Healthy Habits You Should Adopt

The scientific studies that have been carried out to date have managed to identify a wide variety of healthy habits that contribute to our well-being. In this article, we talk about practices that fall into one of three categories: a…

We Need Less Texting and More Coffee Dates

Sure, it’s true that new technologies are helping our relationships survive. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t have any downsides. We’re starting to substitute texting with face to face meetings and that isn’t good. We need to engage in less texting…

Friends with Benefits

Do you know what it means to be friends with benefits? History shows us that what people consider important in a romantic relationship has changed significantly over time. Years ago, the most important thing was the security of the institution of marriage. Getting…

Beautiful Persian Proverbs About Love

Some Persian proverbs about love date back 1,000 years. That shouldn’t be surprising considering that Persian culture is made up of many cultures. Each of these cultures offered its own wisdom and their combination created a splendid and interesting society. Although…

The Biological Explanation of Love

We like to think of love as this ethereal thing that’s controlled by forces beyond our understanding. It’s nice to think this way, it makes it seem magical. However, the truth is that there’s a biological explanation of love. Courtship,…

Emotional Intelligence in Seniors

Recent studies show that, on average, senior citizens have a high emotional intelligence. They value their relationships and tend to them. Seniors know how to appreciate the present moment. They adjust their emotions to match what’s going on around them so that…

Learning to Love According to Erich Fromm

According to Erich Fromm, people must celebrate love every day as a liberating and enriching act. The people who manage to learn to love in a mature and conscious way understand that love isn’t possession nor conditions. Love is caring and a firm desire…

3 Signs of Insecurity in Love

Falling in love with someone means taking a leap of faith and sharing our most intimate things. That’s why some people experience insecurity in love. Because loving is trusting, letting yourself go, and opening up to another person. Your relationship…