Blocking facial expression diminishes the experience of emotions. Our faces are normally alive with activity, which contributes to our understanding of each other, and there is a strong link between our facial expression and our ability to comprehend the meaning of language. … [Read more...] about Botox Can Leave You With Broken Relationships
Why does intimacy leave a relationship
Interestingly, Niemyjska et al. note their results indicate both grandiose and vulnerable narcissists keep objects from past relationships not only as trophies but also as substitutes for the associated ex-partners. They describe this finding as somewhat unexpected due to the fact that perceiving such reminders as substitutes for ex-partners is usually viewed as reflecting communal needs, and both types of narcissism are negatively related to communion. … [Read more...] about Why Narcissists Keep Trophies of Past Relationships
Instead of feeling hopeless and stuck about this, use it as a way to start growing the relationship. If COVID hadn’t hit, you and your partner would be in the same unfulfilling dance. At least now you can actually look at what is unhealthy and see if things can grow and improve. Consider if you and your partner can utilize this time in a productive way to do a deep dive into your relationship difficulties. Remember we rarely grow without a new challenge, consider doing something different or bringing in some new ways of communicating, thinking, and behaving. Couples therapy, online workshops, and self-help books are all helpful in this regard. If you are staying together for now: See if you can both get somewhere with your problems. … [Read more...] about Feeling Stuck in Your Romantic Relationship?
I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Benedicte Boisseron, professor of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan, about her latest book, Afro-Dog: Blackness and the Animal Question. In her book, she addresses the often-used comparison in animal rights advocacy of the experiences of oppressed people and the mistreatment of animals. She states that the "depersonalization" and "dehumanization" that occurs when people of color are compared to animals not only hurts the people but also puts animals in a precarious position. … [Read more...] about What Does the BLM Movement Have to Do With Animal Rights?
Ovulatory Cycle For women, their ovulatory cycle in another biological factor that may influence her likelihood of cheating (Pillsworth & Haselton, 2006). Specifically, women are more likely to cheat when they are most likely to get pregnant (i.e., when they are ovulating). Whoa: This seems like an absolutely terrible idea, so why would this be? Evolutionarily speaking, women should desire to obtain the best genes possible (think Channing Tatum, Jason Derulo, or Zack Efron) for their offspring. But such a sexy mate may not stick around to raise the child, so she needs to have a more stable partner who will provide security (think Phil from Modern Family)—which is why a woman may decide to cheat rather than abandoning her primary partner altogether. As a result, if a woman finds herself in a relationship with a lesser quality partner (think Napoleon Dynamite), she’ll cheat when she is most fertile so that her offspring will have the benefit of better genes. Of … [Read more...] about The Biology of Relationship Infidelity