Archive for the 'In the News' Category

Want to be heard? Speak with your body

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

I have been talking about the importance of nonverbal communication in relationships for a long time. Now there is more proof of how important this is if you want to hear and be heard correctly.
In a study that was recently published in Frontiers in Psychology; robot avatars who were programmed to talk with their hands […]

The problem with adult friendship

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Elizabeth Bernstein, Bonds columnist for the Wall Street Journal, just came out with a great piece on why making friends is harder for adults. Many readers will be able to relate as we have all lost some childhood friends, college friends, and single friends to time, graduation, moving, and/or marriage and children. Essentially, the shared […]

Aisha Tyler on her divorce from Jeff Tietjens

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Aisha Tyler became tearful last week as she discussed (on-screen) the break-up of her 20 year marriage (25 year relationship). Sigh—is no Hollywood marriage immune to this? It seems that celebrity, the fast life, constant separations due to work, and all those temptations are just too much.
Aisha wasn’t specific about WHY the marriage is ending, […]

The universal “not face” expression

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

If you have little experience with using body language to enhance your communications, here is a new study that reinforces its importance. Researchers at Ohio State University have identified a universal facial expression that expresses negative emotion. It is used in an identical way by speakers of English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and American Sign Language […]

Do you suspect he/she is swiping behind your back?

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

In this easy hook-up culture, cheating abounds. Yes, it has always been there, it just seems that the temptations are greater and the opportunities are everywhere. But fear not, there’s an app for that too. In response to the popularity of Tinder and the fact that many people who aren’t exactly single are using it, […]

Tinder dating pool has some depth

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Tinder is known as a quick hook-up app—but is this all a user can expect? In 2015, Vanity Fair magazine published a piece that set off a firestorm of negative backlash. They quoted men who called their Tinder conquests, Tinderellas, ouch. Yes, this is the potentially dark side of using a mobile app, however there […]

Ask the right questions before marriage

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

Most of the relationship difficulties that couples encounter after saying “I do” are the result of moving forward into commitment with assumptions and expectations that were never explored and discussed beforehand. Simply put, people assume they want the same things and have the same life vision. Then they just expect that life together will be […]

Turns out, opposites don’t attract

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

You know the old saying that “opposites attract?” A new study has found that there is probably little if any truth to it. Researchers at Wellesley College and the University of Kansas found that people are drawn to others who are like-minded, not those who are different.
This study not only challenges some basic beliefs about […]

Us and Us on St. Patrick’s Day

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Today is the Feast of St. Patrick—and the day we all like to feel a little Irish. There may be a bit of smugness in those of us with truly Irish names, faces, and bloodlines—however it is pretty cool that everyone wants to be one of us, if just for the day.
As you move through […]

Your partner might understand you, but do they actually care?

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

If you are having a bad day, week or more—can you talk to your partner about it? By this I mean; do they listen, understand what you are saying, and care about how you are feeling? Or is it just one or two of these? The results of new research on this topic have just […]