Archive for the 'In the News' Category

Forget romance: Check their credit score

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

New evidence keeps coming in on the importance of financial stability in a relationship. According to a recent working paper from the Federal Reserve Board, credit plays a big role in people beginning and staying in, committed relationships. So much for big blue eyes, great legs, a witty personality, and all the other attractions we […]

How is your spouse performing?

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Elizabeth Bernstein, Bonds columnist for the Wall Street Journal, wrote a great piece the other day on the usefulness of marital performance reviews. Most of us are familiar with performance reviews done by supervisors at work, but the idea of doing these at home is a fairly novel concept for most people.
The way we usually […]

The Donald’s Melania

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

When they met, she was Melania Knauss, a Slovene model, and almost 25 years younger than her suitor, Donald Trump. They have now been married for 10 years and have one son. On the surface, most people think, “trophy wife.” However, those who know them say differently.
He is boisterous, aggressive, and deal-making—speaking out against immigration, […]

Brian Williams: What would Pope Francis tweet?

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Brian Williams returned to work on MSNBC yesterday, just in time to cover Pope Francis’s visit to the U.S. As we all know, this Pope has gone where no one before him has ever been, and has gained a great deal of popularity and respect for his messages on inclusion, forgiveness, humility, love for the […]

Trying to have in all in a toxic work world

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

The NY Times has a very thoughtful and much viewed piece running right now, titled, “A Toxic Work World.” Its author, Anne-Marie Slaughter talks about the intense competition, overly long hours, rigid and outdated ideas regarding the need for specific work place and work hours—and the fact that this culture is impacting not just women […]

Bernnifer—Reconciling or regaining a friendship?

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Days ago the rumor mill started cranking on Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner after they emerged from family counseling smiling, talking, and looking at ease with one another. The gossip began to swirl around a possible reconciliation based on their body language.
As a marital therapist and body language expert, I can tell you there are […]

Single and happy? You are not alone

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Rebecca Adams from The Huffington post recently did an interesting piece that discussed research that suggests that single people can be as happy as those who are coupled. While this may come as a surprise to some, not so much to others. After all, there are pros and cons to every lifestyle choice and having […]

Success on Tinder may be mostly a numbers game

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

Jon Birger, freelance writer and the author of DATE-ONOMICS: How Dating became a Lopsided Numbers Game, has written an interesting piece on how there is a shortage of college-aged men, and how this is leading to a problem for women seeking single, compatible men for dating and more.
Mr. Birger talks about the theories that have […]

Trust not practicality factors heavily in decision making

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Dartmouth College has released the findings on a study they did that helps explain the motivation that leads a person to feel greater trust, especially when making everyday financial and other decisions. The study was conducted by brain researcher D. S. Fareri, and his collaborators L. J. Chang, and M. R. Delgado, and the findings […]

Ashley Madison users exposed

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Hackers who call themselves the “Impact Team” have hacked and then released information from Ashley Madison, the #1 website for cheating spouses. After the site was hacked, those of us who live in or very near the Nation’s Capital have been holding our breath as DC is listed as one of the top users of […]