Firefighters face very high levels of job stress. This is not surprising, given they interact with people in extreme situations and are exposed to a wide range of dangers, not typical in most other professions. These stresses and difficulties, mental, physical, and emotional, have a significant impact on a firefighter's well-being. A recent … [Read more...] about STUDY: Firefighters can ease one another’s job stress, but loving spouses may increase it
Relationships in the News
Honeymoon long over? Hang in there. A new University of California, Berkeley, study shows those prickly disagreements that can mark the early and middle years of marriage mellow with age as conflicts give way to humour and acceptance. Researchers analysed videotaped conversations between 87 middle-aged and older husbands and wives who had … [Read more...] about STUDY: Ageing Married Couples Replace Bickering with Humour
Hugging, while it's usually regarded as a simple and everyday act, has been found by scientists to radically alter one's outlook for the better and affect the way our brains work in the long term. According to a study from PLOS One, after social and/or relationship conflict, giving and receiving hugs with the other person will increase good … [Read more...] about The Surprising Science of Hugs
All couples experience conflict, but it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. The goal of a successful relationship is not to eliminate conflict, but to repair effectively after conflicts occur. This takes relationship skills—which can be learned! Let’s discuss some of what argumentative couples have in common. Why is relationship conflict so … [Read more...] about How to Fight Fair: The Pros and Cons of Conflict
I'm pleased to announce that Clinton Power + Associates' Sydney office has moved to the Sydney CBD. Our office is now located in: The William Bland Centre 805/229 Macquarie St Sydney NSW 2000 While we've enjoyed working from our Woolloomooloo office over the last 2 years, I decided to move our office back to Macquarie St to increase the … [Read more...] about Clinton Power + Associates Has Moved: Relationship Counselling Services in the Sydney CBD
How much touch do you have in your relationship? An interesting study from the University of Colorado Boulder and University of Haifa found that when you hold hands with a loved one in pain, your breathing and heart rate synchronise with theirs and your brain wave patterns will couple. This study was recently published in the Proceedings of the … [Read more...] about STUDY: Holding Hands with Your Partner Syncs Brainwaves and Calms Pain
Don't let your new love interest ruin the holiday of a lifetime Scenario: you’ve just met a wonderful new love interest and things are rolling along so well you decide to take a holiday abroad together. But how’s it going to go, when you’re thousands of kilometres away from home? There are certainly risks when traveling with a new … [Read more...] about Warning: How to Avoid a Nightmare Holiday with Your New Partner
New research says couples do poorly at knowing when their partner is sad or feeling down Reading your partner’s feelings and good communication is important to the health of your relationship—this should come as no surprise. A recent study found that couples can read each other’s feelings well when the emotion occurring is happiness, but not as … [Read more...] about Couples: Are You Failing to Know When Your Partner is Sad or Feeling Down?
It's time to put down your smartphone and connect Although smartphones can make you feel connected to the world at large, they interfere with real human exchanges. A new study from the University of British Columbia looked at the effect of smartphones on face-to-face social interactions and found that people who used their phones while out for … [Read more...] about Is Your Smartphone Ruining Your Date Night?
Why do people cheat? There is no doubt that the highly publicised affair of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce with his former staff member Vikki Campion, who is now pregnant with his baby, has put infidelity front and centre in a national conversation in Australia. The truth is, most of us don’t care or want to know about the sex lives of … [Read more...] about The Psychology of Infidelity