social skills

It is common for relationships to go through rough spots because one partner seeks more closeness while the other seeks more distance. It’s a cycle that psychologists call a pursuer-distancer dynamic. Typically, during the initial infatuation stage, you both want to spend as much as time as possible together. Then, reality sets in. One partner… Read more

Two-year-olds and dogs share more similar patterns in social intelligence than do children and their close relatives, chimpanzees, according to a new study from University of Arizona. The findings could help scientists better understand how humans evolved socially. Evan MacLean, director of the Arizona Canine Cognition Center at the University of Arizona, and his colleagues… Read more

Your mother definitely advised you to always tell the truth. Though honesty is often the best path, there are times when a little dishonesty makes more sense. In an ideal world, you’d only speak when your words are honest, kind, and helpful. Unfortunately, there are many times the truth isn’t kind. Do you really want… Read more

Effective communication is one of the keys to success, and when you’re good at it, people notice. Most people think that strengthening communication skills involves developing persuasive speech and conversational skills, but what you may not realize is just how important effective listening can be. Without an effective listener, none of your conversational skills would… Read more

The better the empathy skills of children, the easier it is for them to recognize sarcasm, says a new study. Sarcastic language can be problematic to understand for children. They generally begin to recognize sarcasm between ages 6 and 8, especially familiar sarcastic praise such as “Thanks a lot!” and “Nice going!” But some children… Read more