Psychology Blog: Betting on Life —Using Your Head vs. Your Heart

Have the important payoffs in your life come from thinking with your head or feeling from your heart? Let’s consider the analogy of two gamblers at their prospective tables—Blackjack and Roulette. The Blackjack gambler is constantly analyzing all of the possible...

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Psychology Blog: The Facets of Self-Love

One of the most significant things a person can do in life is to shower themselves with nonjudgmental and unconditional self-love. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done as many people struggle with this notion. So, why is it so easy to...

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Psychology Blog: Cognitive Communication Hacks to Increase Relationship Closeness

Immersed and over-stimulated in our hustle-bustle world, it's no wonder straightforward, meaningful, and productive communication is nearly impossible to pull off! With so much to navigate, pausing long enough to actually consider another person's reactions to the way we are...

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Surviving Holiday Stress and Blues

It’s that time of year again: December calendars filled with social events requiring you to engage with those exploding with holiday cheer. Like ornaments on a tree, you are expected have a bright and shiny appearance­­­­. Sounds easy enough...

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Brotherly Love: Grieving Through the Loss of a Pet

The air circulating through my lungs feels different–if not colder than normal. I focus on my shallow breath, the only sound in the room. The natural light coming in through the bedroom window appears changed as well–dimmer even. Through my...

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Humans Are like Diamonds: Flaws and All

Have you ever heard someone say, “I am in search of a perfectly flawed diamond?” For centuries, the diamond has been a symbol of stature, elegance, and of course love. The size of a diamond is an indicator of how valuable...

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Power Struggle: When Love is a Boxing Match

Do you and your partner constantly go toe-to-toe with one another? Do you find yourselves keeping score? Is the power struggle consuming your relationship? If so, it sounds as though the battle lines have been drawn. Relational conflict becomes destructive when a...

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Getting past Cold Feet to Say, “I DO”

Oh, Weddings! Many dream for years of nuptial perfection while others take “the right person at the right time” pragmatic approach. To some, marriage feels like the appropriate next step in relationship development, while others seem to forego the...

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Coupling: Mirror Images vs. Opposites Attract

The pursuit of love is something that has long stood the test of time. But what does coupling look like for you? When choosing a potential partner, two opposing options can be usefully considered. We've all seen coupling with the...

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Cognitive Distortions: Our Brain’s Way of Misleading Us

At one point or another, we have all - often unwittingly - developed irrational thought patterns that negatively influence our perceptions. These are known as Cognitive Distortions. Many of these habits originated in our formative years and were influenced...

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