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Why Nice Guys Finish Last

Why Nice Guys Finish Last

  Why is it that so many women are attracted to the assholes? The unfortunate truth is that we may actually be “programmed” to avoid dating nice guys if we had unfavorable childhood attachment patterns. If your primary caregiver was dismissive and invalidating towards you, your brain is trained to be attracted to partners who will also be dismissive and invalidating towards you. You will unintentionally pass up nice guys in favor of the bad guys, because … Read entire article »

Filed under: Love and Relationships, Research

Sexual Sobriety

Sexual Sobriety

  Recovery from any addiction starts with sobriety.  Sobriety is easy to define in alcohol and drug addictions (e.g., an alcoholic knows they must abstain from alcohol in order to maintain sobriety).  Unfortunately, not every addiction has a clear definition of sobriety – such is the case for sexual addiction. The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) defines sex addiction as “a persistent and escalating pattern or patterns of sexual behaviors acted out despite increasingly … Read entire article »

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Socio-Economic Disadvantage in Childhood Will Likely Lead to Suffering

Socio-Economic Disadvantage in Childhood Will Likely Lead to Suffering

In a recent study, investigators from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln discovered that children raised by parents who left them deprived were more likely to suffer from chronic pain and mental illness later in life. The study, led by Dr. Bridget Goosby, examined conditions that were related to socio-economic status in families and the outcomes these conditions would produce later in life. For example, what would happen to kids who experienced hunger or who had parents … Read entire article »

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The Neuroscience of Love: Why it is so Addictive and Obsessive

The Neuroscience of Love: Why it is so Addictive and Obsessive

Love is one of the greatest emotions one can experience; however, it is arguably the most vulnerable of emotions.  Current awareness of neuroscience explains the love phenomenon in the brain.  Before we break down what is going on in the brain, we need not let science take away the magic of being in love. Love is Addictive Thinking about one’s beloved—especially in new relationships—triggers activity in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) of the brain, which releases a … Read entire article »

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The Tool of Forgiveness

The Tool of Forgiveness

  Forgiveness, as an addict, is one of the most ridiculous concepts someone could try to explain to me. Forgive you? When you wronged me? Or you forgive me? When I messed up everything? But as I move on with my life, and try to do things right, I start to see that forgiveness is one of the most powerful tools that sobriety can give me. Not only am I capable of forgiving others, and not … Read entire article »

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Degree of Closeness in Relationships Less Important Than One Might Think

  While conventional wisdom dictates that the quality of a romantic relationship is directly tied to the level of closeness the couple experiences, a new study shows that it might be more complicated then that. Researchers have found that it’s not how close a person feels to his or her partner that determines the quality of the relationship. Instead, it’s the level of satisfaction each partner feels about the degree of closeness in the relationship that matters most. “Our study found that people who yearn for a more intimate partnership and people who crave more distance are equally at risk for having a problematic relationship,” the study’s lead author, David M. Frost, PhD, a psychologist and professor of Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, told Science Daily … Read entire article »

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Wedding Bells Lead to More Drinking Among Women than Men

  Marriage is supposed to be a time for joyous and romantic moments being spent between both partners, but living in “holy” matrimony is not all that it’s cracked up to be sometimes.  It can be stressful and lead partners to try to find ways to relieve themselves of this stress. In a study led by assistant professor of sociology at the University of Cincinnati (UC), Corinne Reczek, it has been found that married women consume more alcohol beverages than married men do. The results of previous studies and a long-term survey, which interviewed the marital statuses of both men and women, were used by Reczek and her colleagues to support their claim. According to Medical News Today, “The Wisconsin Longitudinal Study survey provided long-term data on 10,317 men and women who graduated high … Read entire article »

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Sexting Epidemic Amongst Teens and Young Adults On The Rise

Sexting, which is defined as texting words, images or videos with sexual content that contains ‘raunchy’ wording, nudity or someone performing a sexual act, is becoming an increasingly popular means for young people to connect with each other.  Advances in technology often bring with them unintended negative consequences, and sexting has opened up channels for abuse. MTV recently conducted 1,355 interviews for their campaign, ‘A Thin Line,’ asking participants aged 14-24 about sexting.  Here are some of the results: 13 percent admitted to having sent a naked picture of themselves to someone else. Of these people, 61 percent report to having been pressured into sending the picture at least once. Of those who have sent a picture: 59 percent sent the picture to a boyfriend or girlfriend. 24 percent sent the picture to someone they … Read entire article »

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Intimacy, Isolation, and Relationships

Intimacy, Isolation, and Relationships

  I hate you and I love you, or at least I would if I knew you and cared about you.  I want to be close to you and leave me alone; I guess that’s my social credo.  It’s either that or “I hate everyone.  Always.” In my life, I chronically push others away and then cling to them or mourn the lost relationship.  I perpetually want space and intimacy simultaneously.  If I act on my feelings … Read entire article »

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Oxytocin Improves Fidelity

Oxytocin Improves Fidelity

  Oxytocin is defined in the dictionary as “a hypothalamic hormone stored in the posterior pituitary, which has uterine-contracting and milk-releasing actions; it may also be prepared synthetically or obtained from the posterior pituitary of domestic animals; used to induce active labor, increase the force of contractions in labor, contract uterine muscle after delivery of the placenta, control postpartum hemorrhage, and stimulate milk ejection.”  Besides its characteristics related mostly to women and childbirth, new research published … Read entire article »

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