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Q&A: Getting Over An Abusive Ex

Tweet Dear Dr. Brit and Amy B., I just got dumped from a 9-year relationship with someone who emotionally abused me. You’re probably thinking, ‘Great! You just dodged a bullet.’ And that’s what all my friends say, but I don’t believe it. I want him back, and if he called me up right now and said, “I’m sorry,” I would […]

Your Attachment Style Can Change

Tweet Find where you are on this chart by taking this quiz. Someone wrote us recently asking about the permanence of one’s attachment style. Does a person strictly have one attachment style? Can a person’s attachment style change? Why do I feel needy with one person and apathetic with another? These questions raise issues about the continuity of security in relationships: (1) whether a person’s attachment […]

Q&A: Long-Distant Phone Fights

Tweet Re: “Little Fight” Dear Long-distant-er, From what you describe, you and your boyfriend are having problems understanding each other, as evidenced by your boyfriend hanging up on you when he thinks you don’t know what he’s saying. This brings up a second, more serious issue with your relationship: your boyfriend shows disdain for you, which is not healthy for […]

Causes and Treatments of Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Tweet In our last post, we considered signs that Elliot Rodger had narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), according NPD’s DSM-5 criteria. Researchers estimate that 1% of the general population has lifelong NPD. That’s one person in one hundred. And the prevalence of narcissism may be increasing. (Twenge et al, 2014) That means you and I encounter NPD often, in other people and perhaps in ourselves. […]

Elliot Rodger’s Narcissism

Tweet Last Saturday morning, the U. S. found out that Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old, went on a murderous rampage Friday night in Isla Vista, CA. Isla Vista is a pretty, beach town, filled with seemingly immortal, young students with lives of sunshine and partying. My brother lives there, two blocks from where the chaos ensued. I became interested in the story as […]

Let’s Talk about Sexual Dysfunctions

Tweet It might seem like having continuous, spontaneous orgasms throughout the day would be fun, but to those with persistant genital arousal disorder (PGAD) it’s hellish. For sufferers, continual arousal means, “Being on the edge of an orgasm 24 hours a day, to the point where you can’t sleep, you can’t function, you can’t even think straight […]

Colored Pain: An Unusual Case of Synesthesia

Tweet Brit and I also write for a blog for Psychology Today as well as the blog for our lab, the Brogaard Lab for Multisensory Research. Below is a post I wrote a while ago. It’s not directly about romantic love. But it is about perception, which certainly plays an important role in one’s experience of […]

Adolescents are Prone to Love Addiction

Tweet Adolescence spans from roughly age twelve to as late as twenty-five, with the late teens and early twenties sometimes called ‘emerging adulthood.’ During this important and exciting phase of life, individuals transition from being children to being adults. Specific aspects of physical, social, and personality maturation affect the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors of adolescents. […]

Q&A: Dear Social Actor

Tweet Dear Social Actor, While your main question is how to kill your libido, you might benefit from addressing issues that make you want to do that: (1) feeling disconnected from people and (2) obsessing about women and compulsively acting on these obsessive thoughts.  One form of self-therapy to consider is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT […]

What is a ‘psychological disorder’?

Tweet When it comes to navigating personal relationships, it’s to our advantage to be sensitive to mental health issues. Our mental health as well as the mental health of those we love is crucial to successful interaction. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, around one in four adults in the United States is diagnosable for one […]

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