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The pros and cons of a starter marriage

Starter marriages are legal unions that only last a few years and produce no children. The term “starter” can seem insensitive, especially considering that young divorcees still suffer emotional and social consequences when their marriages end. The first year of marriage tends to challenge most couples–but so does the 4th…

Parasocial relationships: The good, the bad, and the boy bands

Parasocial relationships can run the gamut from pop culture crushes to celebrity obsessions. Parasocial relationships are generally harmless, just indicating that your social cognition is functioning normally.  Parasocial relationships can even be beneficial, especially when it comes to adolescent development. If these one-sided connections become too intense, however, you may…

New Thriveworks research shows abundance of parasocial relationships in the US

A new research study from Thriveworks shows that more Americans are engaged in parasocial relationships than they care to admit. Humans naturally form one-sided connections to media personas and public figures, even genuinely mourning their deaths. These parasocial relationships are usually harmless, though 9% of people report lasting mental health…

Do I have trust issues? How to identify and overcome trust issues in a relationship

Trust issues are characterized by fear of betrayal, abandonment, or manipulation. And this fear is often triggered as a result of betrayal (such as infidelity), abandonment (think: leaving a child or foregoing a relationship with them), or manipulation (for example, dishonesty or gaslighting). If you’re reading this, it’s possible that…

Thriveworks research reveals clashing opinions about recent events have negatively affected our closest relationships

In hindsight, there’s no mistaking that recent years have brought a whole host of changes for everyone — namely, the pandemic, vaccines, and social movements. With these changes, there’s been a lot to take in; but some of the bigger subjects have affected our personal connections with the people to…

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