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In recognition of all Dolly Parton has done for the state of Tennessee, plans were underway to erect a statue of her in front of the state capital. But the singer declined the honor. “Given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this […]

Is Humility the Antidote for the Humblebrag?

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I have always wondered about compatibility. What draws two people together. More importantly, what keeps them together? Many believe that chemistry is the answer. This notion of chemistry—an unknowable elixir of passion and fairy dust is appealing. It’s predicated on a magical ideal, a perfect fit, a coupling that is meant to be. Over the […]

What Makes A Couple Compatible?

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While social distancing, what is the best way to stay connected to the people we love? Thanks to modern technology, there are many options. Zoom, email, text, FaceTime, and phone calls are among the many ways to stay in touch. However, not all communication media strengthen connections equally. According to a new study, voice-based interactions […]

For a Better Connection, Talk, Don’t Type

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An interesting study found that people who were asked the question: “How important is it to you to be a voter in the upcoming election?” were more likely to vote than people who were asked, “How important is it to you to vote in the upcoming election?” How could a small change in wording make a big difference in voter […]

Are You a Voter?

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Not all stress is created equal. An argument with your significant other has been found to be by far the most upsetting of all daily stressors. As one patient told me, fighting with his wife in the morning sets a negative tone for the rest of the day. He described it as a dark cloud that […]

Why Your Partner Should Not Be Your One and Only

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