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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…

Do meat, sex, and money count as irreconcilable differences? Workarounds for 3 heated lifestyle clashes in couples

Relationship conflict comes from an infinite variety of sources, but lifestyle differences can be especially hard to manage.  There are practical ways to deal with compatibility issues between vegetarians/vegans and carnivores, significant others with low sex drives and high sex drives, and couples from different socioeconomic backgrounds.  Communication, compromise, and…

Divorce recovery: You can heal properly by surrendering to the pain, forgiving, and focusing on self-care

Any breakup is hard, but divorce is especially difficult, as you have to say goodbye to the person you planned to spend forever with. Fortunately, you can take matters into your own hands and recover: the three keys are giving in to the pain, forgiving yourself, and practicing self-care. Additionally, it’s…

Can You Feel Depressed After a Breakup? How Can You Feel Happy Again?

If you’re anything like me, you don’t take change or rejection well… which means you probably don’t take breakups so well. I mean, who does? Breakups—whether you’re the one who has initiated the split or not—aren’t fun. In fact, they’re the very opposite of fun: they’re emotionally, mentally, sometimes even…

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