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Last Updated on April 24, 2020

Top 7 Websites To Ask For Relationship Advice

Top 7 Websites To Ask For Relationship Advice

Sometimes, you have relationship questions that you just don’t want to ask your mom, your best friend, your coworker, or some random person on the street. You want someone with more experience, or an expert in the field, or even just someone anonymous who can’t give you a weird look.

When you’re finding yourself in need of some thoughtful and helpful relationship advice, get your questions answered on one of these 7 best relationship advice websites.

1. Ask Dr. Love

    Dr. Jamie Turndorf is a psychologist and author who answers relationship, sex, and dating questions in a lighthearted and helpful way.  Also specializes in grief therapy for those who have lost a loved one.

    Check out the site here.

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    2. April Masini 

      April Masini is a relationship expert and welcomes questions on sex, dating, and relationships. She also has a forum on her site, and has a no nonsense but warm style.

      Check out the site here.

      3. Ask E. Jean on Elle

        Elle magazine’s relationship columnist is smart and savvy, and backs up her advice with evidence from books and experts. She’s also older and British, which makes her sound even smarter.

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        Check out the site here.

        4. Dear Prudence on Slate

          Emily Yoffe writes as “Prudence” and tackles all sorts of relationship and etiquette questions. She also does a live chat each week with readers. Funny and incisive.

          Check out the site here.

          5. Marriage.Com

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            Marriage.com provides all sorts of relationship advice — from getting married, having a happy married life, to marriage help and therapy, that can help married couples who are struggling with their relationship problems. They also offers an online marriage course to help couples develop a happy marriage.

            Check out the site here.

            6. Amy Dickinson

              Amy Dickinson is a nationally syndicated advice columnist who answers questions on family and relationships. Find her in many major newspapers or contact her through her own site.

              Check out the site here.

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              7. Savage Love on The Stranger

                Dan Savage is an advice giving icon and gives excellent advice on sex and relationships. LGBT and kink-friendly.

                Check out the site here.

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                Science Says People Who Talk To Themselves Are Geniuses

                Science Says People Who Talk To Themselves Are Geniuses

                I talk a lot to myself. It helps me to keep my concentration on the activity on hand, makes me focus more on my studies, and gives me some pretty brilliant ideas while chattering to myself; more importantly, I produce better works. For example, right now, as I am typing, I am constantly mumbling to myself. Do you talk to yourself? Don’t get embarrassed admitting it because science has discovered that those who talk to themselves are actually geniuses… and not crazy!

                Research Background

                Psychologist-researcher Gary Lupyan conducted an experiment where 20 volunteers were shown objects, in a supermarket, and were asked to remember them. Half of them were told to repeat the objects, for example, banana, and the other half remained silent. In the end, the result shown that self-directed speech aided people to find the objects faster, by 50 to 100 milliseconds, compared to the silent ones.

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                “I’ll often mutter to myself when searching for something in the refrigerator or the supermarket shelves,” said Gary Lupyan.

                This personal experience actually made him conduct this experiment. Lupyan, together with another psychologist, Daniel Swigley, came up with the outcomes that those to talk to oneself are geniuses. Here are the reasons:

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                It stimulates your memory

                When you are talking to yourself, your sensory mechanism gets activated. It gets easier on your memory since you can visualize the word, and you can act accordingly.[1]

                It helps stay focused

                When you are saying it loud, you stay focused on your task,[2] and it helps you recognise that stuff immediately. Of course, this only helps if you know what the object you are searching looks like. For example, a banana is yellow in colour, and you know how a banana looks like. So when you are saying it loud, your brain immediately pictures the image on your mind. But if you don’t know what banana looks like, then there is no effect of saying it loud.

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                It helps you clarify your thoughts

                Every one of us tends to have various types of thoughts. Most make sense, while the others don’t. Suppose you are furious at someone and you feel like killing that person. Now for this issue you won’t run to a therapist, will you? No, what you do is lock yourself in a room and mutter to yourself. You are letting go off the anger by talking to yourself, the pros and cons of killing that person, and eventually you calm down. This is a silly thought that you have and are unable to share it with any other person. Psychologist Linda Sapadin said,[3]

                “It helps you clarify your thoughts, tend to what’s important and firm up any decisions you are contemplating.”

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