Prenatal stress associated with infant gut microbes
Mother's chronic prenatal psychological distress and elevated hair cortisol concentrations are associated with gut microbiota composition of the infant, according to a new publication. The results help to better understand how prenatal stress can be connected to infant growth and development.
Baby and adult brains 'sync up' during play: It's not your imagination -- you and your baby really are on the same wavelength
A team of researchers has conducted the first study of how baby and adult brains interact during natural play, and they found measurable connections in their neural activity. In other words, baby and adult brain activity rose and fell together as they shared toys and eye contact.
Teens who have loving bond with mother less likely to enter abusive relationships: A strong positive relationship with their mother protected teens even when the mother's marriage is full of conflict
A mother's warmth and acceptance toward her teenagers may help prevent those children from being in an abusive relationship later in life, even if her own marriage is contentious, according to a new study.
Youth who experience violent victimization seek intimate relationships at an earlier age
Experiencing violence as an adolescent leads to early romantic relationships and cohabitating, research concludes. On average, they found that victimized youth entered romantic relationships nine months earlier than non-victimized youth.
Here’s the Secret to Communicating With Irrational, Angry or Crazy People
We all have to deal with our share of hotheads and crazies. What does research say works with them? First off, you can’t get angry…
Saying No to Manipulation
Wikipedia had a great definition of psychological manipulation. Here it is: "Psychological manipulation is a type of social influence that aims to change the
Conflict Resolution and Communication Styles
I recently read John Gray's classic, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. This relationship guide (with an extraterrestrial twist) details the various
10 Things People Who Are Great At Relationships Do Differently
Self-fulfilling prophecies will come true if you expect them to. Period. If you expect for your relationship to fail, then chances are it probably will. ...
Gossiping: Why People Gossip and How to Avoid it | Couples Solutions
Research shows that people who gossip the most have very high levels of anxiety. They are generally not particularly popular because they cannot be trusted.
How to Spot and Deal With Passive-Aggressive People
The NYU Medical Center defines a passive-aggressive individual as someone who "may appear to comply or act appropriately, but actually behaves negatively and passively resists."
15 Common Defense Mechanisms
In some areas of psychology (especially in psychodynamic theory), psychologists talk about "defense mechanisms," or manners in which a person behaves or thinks in certain ways to better prot
Here's Why Dads Should Think Twice Before Arguing With Their Wives
It's known that when parents argue, it has a negative effect on their kids. Now, new research suggests that it's the father's relationship with his child...
Freeing Yourself from a Dsyfunctional Family
Ann came from a wealthy family in the suburbs. Behind the walls of her expensive home, her stock broker father was an abusive drunk. Her mother was a submissive victim. Her older brother was a sadist and her younger brother was a psychopath. As a child,...