Relationships

Prosocial Behavior: 4 Thought-Provoking Research Findings

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It was around midnight when a little dog darted out in front of Dr. Abigail Marsh’s car. She swerved to avoid it, sending her car into a spin across the freeway until it finally came to a stop in the fast lane. In a daze, she realized that someone was […]

What is Assertive Communication? 10 Real-Life Examples

For many, speaking-up for oneself is easier said than done. And while it may be uncomfortable, assertiveness is a communication style linked to a wide range of positive outcomes across multiple settings. This article will describe what it means to be assertive, why it is so important, and how to […]

What is Gaslighting? 20 Techniques to Stop Emotional Abuse

The emotional manipulation of gaslighting leaves its victims confused and despondent as they question their sanity. This article will shed light on the gaslighting phenomenon, its consequences, and what to do about it. Ultimately, by exposing gaslighting tactics and equipping victims with valuable knowledge and resources, victims will be empowered […]

4 Conflict Resolution Worksheets For Your Practice

Psychotherapy is at heart a process of guiding clients from conflict to resolution. As a therapist, counselor, or coach, your main job is to help clients identify the situations that are troubling them— i.e., the conflicts in their lives—and then guide them through to win-win solutions. When parties in conflict […]

Fostering Healthy Relationships: 60 Helpful Worksheets

Healthy relationships represent one of the most vital aspects of the human experience. Social relationships have been researched by psychologists for some time, with the results consistently showing a significant link between quality social relationships and improved health (Umberson & Karas Montez, 2010). Social development is integral to physiological and […]

Social Comparison: An Unavoidable Upward Or Downward Spiral

Social comparison is a normal behavior strategy where we seek to better understand our ‘status’—whether relating to ability, opinion, emotional reaction, and more—by comparing ourselves to other people. Social comparison can be useful because it provides us with a way to determine if we are ‘on track’... but there is […]

100+ Positive Parenting Tips, Skills and Techniques

To back up the positive parenting tips laid out in this article, all of the research has been discussed in our ‘What is Positive Parenting?’ piece, which provides a highly comprehensive compilation of evidence-based positive parenting techniques. If you’re looking for some more actionable positive parenting tips and techniques, including […]

49 Communication Activities, Exercises, and Games

If you’re looking for a resource that’s rich with ideas, tips, and exercises that will help you become a better communicator and improve your relationships with your family, friends, and coworkers, you’ve come to the right place! Read on to learn about how important communication is in a relationship and […]

8 Best Positive Parenting Books & Workbooks for Parents

In our two previous articles, we have included many helpful resources and positive parenting techniques. There are so many great resources and programs it can be hard to navigate through them all. We’ve done our best to put some of the highlights together for you. This is your go-to source for […]

What is Positive Parenting? A Look at the Research and Benefits

Most adults will become parents at some point in their lives (i.e., around 89.6% of the adult population worldwide; Ranjan, 2015). And while most of us strive to be great parents, we may also find ourselves confused and frustrated by the seemingly endless challenges of parenthood. As both parents of […]

Marriage Psychology and Therapy: The Science of Successful Relationships

Have you ever considered therapy for your marriage? Have you contemplated therapy before saying, "I do?" If you're reading this article chances are it's because you're married and struggling, thinking about getting married, or contemplating divorce. You're looking for answers to that age-old question: Can we make this work? You're […]

What is Active Constructive Responding?

How positive we are when our significant other shares with us something they express with enthusiasm and feel strongly about, it turns out, not only speaks volumes about our attachment styles but also, have a long-term impact on the quality and longevity of our relationships. These micro instances are often […]

18 Ways to Handle Emotional Blackmail (+ Examples & Quotes)

Emotional blackmail is a dysfunctional form of manipulation that people use to place demands and threaten victims to get what they want. The undertone of emotional blackmail is if you don’t do what I want when I want it, you will suffer. The term was introduced by Susan Forward, Ph.D., […]

10 Ways To Build Trust in a Relationship

Trust: You cannot have a healthy relationship without it. And yet, virtually all of us can bring to mind a scenario where our trust has been broken. But how do we develop trust in the first place? Can trust that's been broken be rebuilt? This article explores how to build […]

12 Examples of Positive Punishment & Negative Reinforcement

You might be thinking that “positive punishment” sounds like an oxymoron, after all, how can punishment be positive? Not many people "like" punishment, right? The disconnect in understanding this concept comes from the usage of the word “positive;” here at PositivePsychology.com, we generally use the term “positive” to refer to […]

Codependency: What Are The Signs & How To Overcome It

Codependency refers to a psychological construct involving an unhealthy relationship that people might share with those closest to them. It was originally thought to involve families of substance abuse but has since grown to include other types of dysfunctional relationships. Read on to learn about what codependency is and how […]

Interpersonal Effectiveness: 9 Worksheets & Examples (+ PDF)

What is the most important skill a person can have? There is a myriad of skills that can be added to our repertoire, enhanced, and improved. There are thousands of courses, millions of books and articles, and countless tips and suggestions to improve our lives by cultivating a certain skill […]

What is Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT): A Case History

The discovery of Interpersonal Psychotherapy is a great example of scientific serendipity, in that, it was discovered by accident. The story goes that in 1969 the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health began a new policy of evaluating mental health treatments in the same way other medical treatments are tested. […]

21 Couples Therapy Worksheets, Techniques, & Activities (PDF)

What if I told you there was a magic recipe for making a relationship work? I’m sure you wouldn’t believe me, and for good reason! It’s easy to see how difficult relationships can be. If there was a totally effective method for happy, healthy relationships out there, surely someone would […]

Relationship Therapy: Enhancing Your Romantic Relationships

In today’s world, it may seem like a healthy and happy relationship is nearly impossible to build or maintain. With all of the added stress of working in the digital age, the ubiquitous interruptions of social media, and the breakneck pace at which our lives are now lived, cultivating a […]

7 Ways to Improve Communication in Relationships

We love connecting with other people because it makes us happy—good communication is the key when it comes to positive social interaction. But what does a healthy conversation look like? How can you avoid over-communicating? And how can you improve communication in a romantic relationship? Read on for a summary […]

Adam Grant’s Give and Take – a Short Summary

Adam Grant is known as being the most popular full-time professor at the Wharton School. His popularity has gone far beyond educational institutions, as he managed to win accolades from Business Week and even Malcolm Gladwell. Apart from being one of the best writers and sociologists of today, Grant has […]

The Positive Psychology Of Successful Relationships

Here’s the unhappy truth about long-term relationships: Over time, as couples get used to each other, they have less sex. There, I said it. Sad but true. In fact, as Sonja Lyubomirsky has noted, the amount of time two people have been together as a couple is a better predictor […]

How to Get Your Desired Behaviour Using Operant Conditioning

There are two types of reinforcement: positive and negative. You may have had moments where one of these forms of reinforcement worked well for you, while another stirred up feelings of shame or resentment. Have you ever rewarded a child with candy for good behavior? That is an example of […]

10 Traits That Make a Good Community

What makes a good community? Before answering that question, let's zoom out a little bit. Humans are made to live and work with others in a positive community where we can thrive. We are social beings that have evolved to exist within communities. Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement […]