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How the "Attachment Bond" Affects Our Adult Relationships

How the "Attachment Bond" Affects Our Adult Relationships

Have you ever felt strongly, deeply connected to someone for whom you would do anything? It is called being “in…
How Marriage Improves Health in Men

How Marriage Improves Health in Men

The research is in: marriage improves health in both sexes, but especially for men. Married men have greater longevity, better…
A Psychodynamic Understanding of Alcoholism: Part I

A Psychodynamic Understanding of Alcoholism: Part I

The deleterious effects of alcoholism are devastating; it destroys lives, families, and marriages, wreaking havoc upon every facet of a…
Defense Mechanism of the Week: Intellectualization

Defense Mechanism of the Week: Intellectualization

Intellectualization occurs when reasoning and logic are used unconsciously to control internal conflict and emotional anxiety. People who rely on…
Communication With Your Partner: You Probably Don’t Know What They’re Thinking

Communication With Your Partner: You Probably Don’t Know What They’re Thinking

You may think that you know your partner like the back of your hand — you share your lives with…
New Communication Strategies Can Help Couples Struggling With Alzheimer’s Disease

New Communication Strategies Can Help Couples Struggling With Alzheimer’s Disease

A new first-of-its-kind study has found that caregiver-partner communication improves among couples as they manage dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, but…
How the "Attachment Bond" Affects Our Adult Relationships

How the "Attachment Bond" Affects Our Adult Relationships

Have you ever felt strongly, deeply connected to someone for whom you would do anything? It is called being “in…
How Marriage Improves Health in Men

How Marriage Improves Health in Men

The research is in: marriage improves health in both sexes, but especially for men. Married men have greater longevity, better…
A Psychodynamic Understanding of Alcoholism: Part I

A Psychodynamic Understanding of Alcoholism: Part I

The deleterious effects of alcoholism are devastating; it destroys lives, families, and marriages, wreaking havoc upon every facet of a…
Defense Mechanism of the Week: Intellectualization

Defense Mechanism of the Week: Intellectualization

Intellectualization occurs when reasoning and logic are used unconsciously to control internal conflict and emotional anxiety. People who rely on…
Communication With Your Partner: You Probably Don’t Know What They’re Thinking

Communication With Your Partner: You Probably Don’t Know What They’re Thinking

You may think that you know your partner like the back of your hand — you share your lives with…
New Communication Strategies Can Help Couples Struggling With Alzheimer’s Disease

New Communication Strategies Can Help Couples Struggling With Alzheimer’s Disease

A new first-of-its-kind study has found that caregiver-partner communication improves among couples as they manage dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, but…
Married vs. Single: What's True and What's Not

Married vs. Single: What's True and What's Not

It's commonly believed that single people are less happy than married couples, but this isn't always the case.
4 Ways to Complete Your New Year Resolutions

4 Ways to Complete Your New Year Resolutions

It’s that time again. The new year is upon us and we look back at all the things we set…
How to Identify Sources of Stress

How to Identify Sources of Stress

Managing your stress begins with identifying the sources of stress in your life. Easier said than done, right? Finding out…
Understanding the Fear of Success and Self-Sabotage

Understanding the Fear of Success and Self-Sabotage

The fear of failure is an almost universal human anxiety in the modern world. We all, at one point or…
The Aftermath of Penn State: How to Talk to Your Children about Sex and Sexual Abuse

The Aftermath of Penn State: How to Talk to Your Children about Sex and Sexual Abuse

How do you talk to your children about sex and avoiding dangerous people that might hurt them? At what age?…
The Misconceptions about Marriage and about Being Single

The Misconceptions about Marriage and about Being Single

There can be a lot of stigma to single life, especially in Orange County, with its family-oriented values and norms.…
Communication With Your Partner: You Probably Don’t Know What They’re Thinking

Communication With Your Partner: You Probably Don’t Know What They’re Thinking

You may think that you know your partner like the back of your hand — you share your lives with…
New Communication Strategies Can Help Couples Struggling With Alzheimer’s Disease

New Communication Strategies Can Help Couples Struggling With Alzheimer’s Disease

A new first-of-its-kind study has found that caregiver-partner communication improves among couples as they manage dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, but…
Couple Happiness After First Child Impacts Family Size

Couple Happiness After First Child Impacts Family Size

German researchers have discovered that couple happiness plays a significant role in family planning. When a couple displays a significant…
Postpartum Depression Medication: What Research Shows and How Counseling Can Help

Postpartum Depression Medication: What Research Shows and How Counseling Can Help

When it comes to postpartum depression medication, a trial of antidepressants for postpartum depression has found significant benefits over placebo.…
Does the Gender of Children Predict Divorce?

Does the Gender of Children Predict Divorce?

Researchers have known that in the U.S. couples with daughters are somewhat more likely to divorce than couples with sons.…
Online Daters Look for ‘Real’ Partners

Online Daters Look for ‘Real’ Partners

A study from the University of Iowa has determined a new addition to dating app issues: people using online dating…
Defense Mechanism of the Week: Intellectualization

Defense Mechanism of the Week: Intellectualization

Intellectualization occurs when reasoning and logic are used unconsciously to control internal conflict and emotional anxiety. People who rely on…
Introjection: How This Defense Mechanism Affects Our Identity

Introjection: How This Defense Mechanism Affects Our Identity

Introjection is something most people learn to do from a fairly early age in order to be accepted and maintain…
The Sublimation Defense Mechanism

The Sublimation Defense Mechanism

It’s common to experience unwanted urges and negative impulses, even in happy relationships. The truly important thing is how we…
Defense Mechanism of the Week: Projection

Defense Mechanism of the Week: Projection

Newport Beach, Orange County– What is projection?  What does it mean for someone to project his or her feelings onto…
Defense Mechanism of the Week: Repression

Defense Mechanism of the Week: Repression

What is Repression?  In essence, it is motivated ignoring or forgetting for protection of the Ego.  This is the defense…
Defense Mechanism of the Week: Denial

Defense Mechanism of the Week: Denial

We all use defense mechanisms to protect ourselves psychologically from uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, and experiences.  Some defense mechanisms are more…
Defense Mechanism of the Week: Intellectualization

Defense Mechanism of the Week: Intellectualization

Intellectualization occurs when reasoning and logic are used unconsciously to control internal conflict and emotional anxiety. People who rely on…
Introjection: How This Defense Mechanism Affects Our Identity

Introjection: How This Defense Mechanism Affects Our Identity

Introjection is something most people learn to do from a fairly early age in order to be accepted and maintain…
The Sublimation Defense Mechanism

The Sublimation Defense Mechanism

It’s common to experience unwanted urges and negative impulses, even in happy relationships. The truly important thing is how we…
Defense Mechanism of the Week: Projection

Defense Mechanism of the Week: Projection

Newport Beach, Orange County– What is projection?  What does it mean for someone to project his or her feelings onto…
Defense Mechanism of the Week: Repression

Defense Mechanism of the Week: Repression

What is Repression?  In essence, it is motivated ignoring or forgetting for protection of the Ego.  This is the defense…
Defense Mechanism of the Week: Denial

Defense Mechanism of the Week: Denial

We all use defense mechanisms to protect ourselves psychologically from uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, and experiences.  Some defense mechanisms are more…