How do you find your perfect match? Your partner for life? And when you meet that someone, how do you know you've made the right choice? Perhaps you feel you're aiming too high, or maybe you're aiming too low. And talking about a soul mate makes matters worse—besides, do soul mates even exist? Here are some articles to help you maneuver the mating game.

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Do You Mate Like a Cavewoman?

By Donna Barstow on June 24, 2017 in Ink Blots Cartoons
If you've never used Darwin in your dating practices before, you're missing out. Cavewomen had multiple orgasms without even trying.

Do You Mate Like a Cavewoman?

By Donna Barstow on June 24, 2017 in Ink Blots Cartoons
If you've never used Darwin in your dating practices before, you're missing out. Cavewomen had multiple orgasms without even trying.

Twins With Two Daddies

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in How We Do It
Paternity suits triggered by strikingly different fraternal twins have revealed bizarre cases with two different fathers. Split paternity is the visible tip of a sizeable iceberg.

The Badass Personalities of People Who Like Being Alone

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on June 21, 2017 in Living Single
What are the personality characteristics of people who like spending time alone? What about people who are unafraid to be single? Four studies offer an affirming profile.

First Date

By Dianne Grande Ph.D. on June 19, 2017 in In It Together
Are you missing the important signs of a match on first dates? Here are some characteristics of a healthy, happy match.

The Psychology of the Bachelor Party

By Neel Burton M.D. on June 16, 2017 in Hide and Seek
What do they mean and why have they become so popular?

The Demisexual Phenomenon

When sexual attraction comes only after establishing an emotional connection over time...

Four Possible Explanations for Online Dating Rejection

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on June 15, 2017 in Love, Digitally
Anonymity and the fleeting nature of a hook-up culture may lead to ghosting.

The Art of Choosing a Romantic Partner (Part One)

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on June 14, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Why do we choose the romantic partners that we do? And what shapes the choices we make? New research provides some interesting insights into partner selection.

Biracial Dating in a Monoracial Culture

We often ignore the experiences of biracial individuals when it comes to dating, yet these individuals bring a perspective that can open up the minds of their monoracial partners.

Falling in Love…again

When you are with someone who has your back, whatever the world throws at you can be handled. It’s amazing how much power there is in a loving relationship.

Is Tinder Really a Hookup App?

Two new studies help explain why people use Tinder and what happens after they “swipe right.”

Online Matchmaking: Where Benevolence Outshines Beauty

The order in which you view online daters' profiles determines how attractive you will find them. Emotionally responsive profiles can be more alluring than attractive photos.

The Law of Attraction

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on June 07, 2017 in Boundless
Is the Law of Attraction nonsense? Perhaps it holds a grain of truth.

An Eye for a Wandering Eye: Avoiding Promiscuous Partners

Does your partner enjoy meeting new people? Does he or she work the room at business events? Interaction dynamics reveal whether your partner is pursuing business or pleasure.
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Bi+: The Bisexual Unicorn

Bi+ individuals adopt a variety of identities, including bisexual, pansexual, bi-curious, fluid, multi-sexual, and others.

The Fatal Flaw in Dating Advice

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on June 06, 2017 in Finding Love
Most dating advice promises lasting love, but erodes our chance of ever finding it. The secret to success isn't about your attractiveness. It's about your attractions.

Romantic Compatibility and Stories of Love

Each of us has our own story about what we expect in a loving relationship. Partnering with a mate who follows a similar story can be the key to compatibility and satisfaction...

Dating Asian-American Men

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on June 02, 2017 in Minority Report
Asian men rank lowest in terms of online desirability and part of the problem is...

This Is Your Brain Falling in Love

By Lydia Denworth on June 02, 2017 in Brain Waves
A new study let scientists get a glimpse of what happens when one individual is becoming attracted to another.

Can Contraceptives Affect the Health of Future Children?

Children born to mothers who were on the pill while meeting their children's father are more infection-prone

Profiling Online Daters: Short Self-descriptions Are Suspect

Online, when it comes to profiling honesty, short and sweet does not signal sincere. To be believable, brief is not better. Linguistic clues indicate deceptive self description

Online, Too Many Dating Choices Decreases Commitment

For many online browsers, the biggest problem is not dishonesty, but decision-making. Too many choices increases objectification and decreases commitment. So how do you choose?

Moving Online Romance Offline: How Soon Is Too Soon?

How long should you wait to transition online courtship into realtime romance? Because compatibility and chemistry are best judged in person, perhaps sooner rather than later.

Online Dating Photo Fraud: The Person Behind the Profile

Online daters with attractive photos are both distrusted and desired.

Will You Be Less Depressed If You Get Married? Two Studies

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 19, 2017 in Living Single
When single people marry, do they get less depressed? Are married people less depressed than people who are cohabiting or dating or single with no romantic partner?

Is Cynicism Ruining Your Love Life?

Being open-minded and optimistic can enhance our well-being and mental health as well as our interpersonal relationships. Cynicism will often do the opposite.

Tinder Users Are Different Than Online Daters and Here’s How

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on May 16, 2017 in Love, Digitally
Tinder users scored highest on sexual permissiveness.

Casual Sex On Tinder

What goes into the decision-making process of people who use Tinder to hook up?

I Don't Know How to Break Up With a Depressed Girlfriend

A teen is afraid of how a depressed girlfriend might react to a breakup.