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The Best Love Story Ever

Highlights from Symposium 2019

May/June 2019
Clinical psychologist, researcher, and developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy, Sue Johnson—challenging the idea that commitment and exclusive relationships have become passé in a world skeptical of traditional values—made an impassioned case for the deeply healing power of intimate connection.

Family Matters

One Enchanted Evening

July/August 2018
Some shocking news brings back some tender memories.

Point of View

The Five Love Languages: Translating Intention into Connection

May/June 2016
An interview with the author of The 5 Love Languages, a book that's sold over 8 million copies, explains its remarkable success.

Lessons from the Love Lab

The Science of Couples Therapy

November/December 2015
The pioneers who birthed couples and family therapy never paused to scienti cally study the relationships they treated. Now, after systematically observing and doing therapy with thousands of couples, two of the field’s leading researchers summarize what they’ve learned about successful relationships and effective couples therapy.

Point of View

Brave New Couples: What can science tell us about the changing face of couplehood today?

May/June 2015
Susan Johnson, developer of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, discusses what the science of love says about what couples can expect when they rebel too much against the conventions of traditional marriage.

Point of View

Reinventing Couplehood: Intimacy and Commitment in the Age of Consumer Marriage

January/February 2015
Esther Perel, a couples therapist whose TED talk has had more than 5 million views, believes that it’s time to challenge the mismatch between the romantic ideal and the changing realities of contemporary life.

In Consultation

The Heart Speaks: Does Love Have a Role in Psychotherapy?

May/June 2011
Does love have a role in the therapeutic relationship?

The Attuned Therapist

Does Attachment Theory Really Matter?

March/April 2011
In recent years, attachment theory, with its emphasis on early bonding, connection and relationship, has exerted as much influence over the field of psychotherapy as any other perspective. Why then do some critics believe that it's sending therapists off on the wrong track?

Bringing Up Baby

Are We Too Attached?

March/April 2011
While therapists may consider some intuitively appealing ideas about human development---like attachment theory---beyond dispute, the researcher's job is to challenge unproven explanations shaped more by our biases and preconceptions than by hard evidence.

The Verdict Is In

The Case for Attachment Theory

March/April 2011
Fifty years of research has confirmed that the emotional quality of our earliest attachment relationships is central to our well-being as adults.
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