Moving Together: A Sign of Relationship Chemistry

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Many of us can think of interactions with someone – perhaps a partner or close friend – during which we felt “in sync” with that person: perhaps we experienced behavioral synchrony, or a sense of harmony, shared movement, and felt the person was easy to talk to. 

Your Partner’s Friends: A Threat to Your Relationship?
Childfree and Carefree? It Depends on Your Nationality

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“The next time you’re opening presents will be at your baby shower.” My mother-in-law (MIL) spoke these words to me the day after my wife and I were married and we were opening wedding gifts. Admittedly, my experience is not unique; I know of others who felt pressured to have kids soon after getting hitched (and in many cases prior to that). My MIL’s comment reflects her (and many others’) strong pronatalism, or the belief that adults should have and raise children for their own and society’s well-being. In fact, pronatalism can be so strong that the resulting societal pressure to have kids ultimately undermines childfree (or childless)individuals’ happiness and life satisfaction.

Do Men or Women Say “I Love You” First in Relationships?

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If you ask 100 people at the mall whether men or women fall in love more quickly, most would predict women. That’s the stereotype, right?  

How Your Relationships Shapes Who You Are For Better and/or Worse

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"You have likely heard someone in a relationship say something like “She makes me a better person.” Alternatively, you may have also heard people say things like (with apologies to Stone Temple Pilots) “I’m half the man (or woman) I used to be.” Though these statements convey feelings of overall relationship satisfaction in the former case, or dissatisfaction in the latter case, something else important is being communicated – that romantic partners are capable of modifying our sense of who we are as individuals (i.e., sense of self)."  (click the link above for the entire text)

Time Flies When Your Partner Is Cute…At Least for a While

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"Have you ever had a lunch date that just seemed to fly by? Or a coffee date where you were counting the minutes until you could make an excuse and leave? You might guess that conversing with someone attractive can make a difference in whether or not time seems to drag. However, attractiveness may not play the role you expect!"

What’s a Parent To Do?: Raising Teens to Having Healthy Relationships

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 “It is somewhat ironic that such indications that parents are actively engaged in their child’s romantic lives (i.e., they take a stand by offering strong cautions to delay dating or expressing misgivings about romantic partner choices) not only appear to be ineffective but are tied to greater risk.”

This whole parenting thing is hard.

The Nose Knows: Detecting Sickness by Scent

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"In other words, when we’re sick, we release a funk that tells others to stay away. Follow your nose—it always knows."

The Grass Is Greener on the Internet: Pornography, Alternatives, and Infidelity

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"Specifically, the researchers examined whether exposure to pornographic videos (i.e., the kind of thing you’re most likely to come across on the internet) increases people’s perception of relationship alternatives, which negatively affects relationship quality. "

Bullying: It’s Not Just for Kids Anymore

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"My partner, The Consultant, has a teenage daughter who has recently been the target of bullying at her middle school. For many, the term “bullying” immediately conjures up images of teenagers spreading rumors about each other or stealing young children’s lunch money. Indeed, even www.stopbullying.org defines bullying as “unwanted and aggressive acts exhibited by school-aged children.” However, during my conversations with her about how mean teenage girls can be, I hated to inform her that bullying continues well into adulthood.”

Intimacy and Passion Go Together Like Chocolate and Peanut Butter

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Intimacy and passion are two key components of a high-quality relationship. But to what extent are intimacy and passion intertwined? “

Revenge and Rebound Sex: Bouncing Back, Into Bed

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"But are ‘revenge sex’ (to get back at your ex) and ‘rebound sex’ (to make you feel better) all that common? And does having sex with someone new after a breakup really help to get back at your ex or make you feel better?” Surprisingly, until recently, researchers had not investigated this topic. However, a new study in the Archives of Sexual Behavior begins to answer these questions.”

The “Cheerleader Effect” (Yes, It Exists)

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"You gotta love when pop culture inspires scientific research. Motivated by one of my favorite TV shows, How I Met Your Mother, the authors of a recent paper published in Psychological Science investigated Barney Stinson’s claim that people appear more attractive when surrounded by others in a group relative to when they are viewed by themselves. He calls this the “Cheerleader Effect,” inspired by the stereotype that cheerleader groups seem very attractive because of how they appear in groups/teams, even though individual cheerleaders are not more attractive than average."

Will You Still Be Together in Six Months? Take the Quiz!

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"How have you fared in Valentine Debriefing Open Season 2014? You know how it is—if you were lucky enough to havea valentine, then every friend, coworker, and inquisitive relative feels somehow entitled to all the details after your big day. Reliving Valentine’s Day can be fun and rewarding if things are going well with your partner. But maybe February 14th wasn’t quite what you expected this year. Maybe you two had a fight. Maybe your partner let you down in some way. Maybe after the last chocolate wrapper fluttered into the trashcan, you found yourself questioning things. How is this going? Will this relationship last? “

S&M: No Pain, No (Relationship) Gain?

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"My friend Monika recently shared a concern that her sex play with her boyfriend has been spilling over into other areas of her life. Several months ago, her boyfriend requested that she take on a sadistic, dominatrix-like role in their sexual relationship…."