Entries by Leila Jarrahi

Opening Your World: Finding Common Ground Through Conversation

A Heineken ad demonstrates the power of communication that connects individuals with opposing political differences. The ad makes use of Gordon A. Allport’s Intergroup Contact Theory, positing that given the opportunity to openly communicate, people are equipped with an ability to understand and appreciate different points of views, ultimately reducing bias and prejudice. Generalizing this […]

Addressing Performance Anxiety

Esther Perel discusses factors that can influence a man’s desire as well as vulnerabilities that men may face in their sexual relationship, which she calls “masculine doubts”. She stresses the importance of having open conversations with one’s partner. Additionally, she encourages men to check their mood, which may be influencing their arousal and sexual experience. […]

Topics to Explore in Premarital Counseling

According to relationship experts, premarital counseling can significantly reduce the likelihood of divorce. As a result of unhealthy examples set by parents and other members of the family, as well as lack of relationship education and/or counseling, many couples do not have access to tools essential for a healthy relationship. Jenn Sinrich’s article in the […]

Healthy Habits of Couples Who Attend Therapy

Relationships editor, Brittany Wong, has compiled a list of healthy habits couples engage in as a result of attending therapy together. According to relationship therapists, going to therapy early in the relationship- and continuing to attend therapy- can facilitate a happier and more loving relationship. The habits described are those shared by individuals who have attended […]

Steady Decline in Reported Sex in American Adults

In the last 25 years, there has been a steady decline in reported sex in American adults. Ironically, the group that used to reap the benefits of increased sex, married couples, has shown the sharpest decline in recent years. Tara Bahrampour of the Washington Post covered a study looking at American adults’ reduced number of […]

The Importance of “Downtime” for Your Brain

Ferris Jabr, a contributing writer for Scientific American, highlights numerous studies examining the brain in a restful state. These studies have consistently concluded the value of taking mental breaks and how downtime for the brain actually enhances productivity, memory, alertness and creativity. In our opinion, these mental breaks will also help you improve your relationship […]

Increasing Women’s Desire

With the introduction of Addyi, the “female Viagara”, OBGYNs have found that there has not been interest among the vast majority of women who are seeking ways to increase sexual desire. When women have learned how they need to take it and what they have to give up, including alcohol (can cause fainting), they tend […]

Steps to Preparing for a Healthy and Lasting Marriage

The institution of marriage has been traditionally considered a long term commitment. Identifying and working through issues prior to marriage can be predictive of a healthier relationship in the future. Carolin Lehmann, editorial fellow for The Huffington Post, has generated a summary of marriage experts’ “to do list” for couples getting ready to embark on […]