relationships

H. Andrew Schwartz, Johannes C. Eichstaedt, Margaret L. Kern, Lukasz Dziurzynski, Stephanie M. Ramones, Megha Agrawal, Achal Shah, Michal Kosinski, David Stillwell, Martin E. P. Seligman, Lyle H. Ungar - http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1

Any relationship with another human being is bound to have a few sensitive areas, subject matters that are trod upon lightly.

And the choices we make in HOW to talk about them can make all the difference. 

Relationship expert and therapist Carl Alasko points out just how critical word choices are in his book Say This, Not That

That title should tell you plenty. 

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It's a simple thing, really, saying "I'm sorry, I messed up."  Well maybe the words are simple, but the process stumps a lot of us. 

In fact, it's not uncommon for people to botch an apology so badly that the hurt feelings are deepened. 

Therapist and relationship expert Harriet Lerner explores the difficulty inherent in apologizing in her book  Why Won't You Apologize? Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts

Susan Langston

Show biz was where Guy Finley worked for years, but he didn't feel satisfied. 

So he retired to the hills near Grants Pass, setting up the Life of Learning Foundation. 

As the name implies, Finley explores a lot of issues that adults face, including relationships. 

He recently developed a new program on "Relationship Magic." 

Berkley Books

Remember when the federal treasury secretary talked about "stress-testing" the country's banks?  Jill Andres and Brook Silva-Braga can do something similar for relationships.

And they've tested it... on themselves. 

Their book The Marriage Test lays out a pathway for couples to follow to figure out their compatibility. 

It won't be easy, but then relationships aren't always, either. 

Henry Holt

So maybe you had a relationship or three that went awry: she threw your clothes in the yard, or he trashed you on Facebook. 

Those actions pale by comparison with some historically bad separations. 

Author Jennifer Wright documents 13 of the worst breakups in history in her book It Ended Badly.

The Longest Date (Forever, Maybe?)

Jan 10, 2014
Penguin Books

Cindy Chupack mined a rich writing vein by NOT settling down.

The Between Boyfriends Book made the bestseller lists, and she wrote five seasons of scripts for HBO's famed "Sex and the City."