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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Protect Your Relationships By Communicating Effectively

Are you afraid of your relationship suffering due to poor communication? The strategies in this blog post will go a long way to address relationship communication troubles!

Reasons People Cohabit, and Why Testing is the Worst Reason

Most people believe cohabiting is a great test of compatibility, but it's probably not. We explore various reasons people give for cohabiting and why it can fail the test.

Online Dating: Quit Bragging

Research on why modesty is best for the online dater.
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Does Your Partner Know the Real You?

Your tendency to self-enhance can ruin your shot at long-term love.
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Would More Sex Really Make You and Your Partner Happier?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on July 14, 2016 in All About Sex
Sex makes most people happy, but a sudden jump in frequency may cause problems.

Sex—A Freak of Nature

Sex. What's the origin of this term? What did philosophers have to say about it? Are we scared of it?

How (and Why) to Play Hard to Get

Can playing hard to get make you more attractive? Read what the research has to say.

The Mating Strategies of Extraverts

Life History Theory views long-term and short-term mating strategies as polar opposites. However, some people, particularly extraverts, may pursue both, others neither.

Can Being Scared Make Someone Appear More Attractive?

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on June 28, 2016 in Love, Digitally
Arousal from one stimuli is transferred to another We make a mistake in judging what is causing us to be aroused

The Surprising Psychology of Makeup

A new study finds that men perceive women who wear makeup to be more prestigious while women perceive other women who wear makeup to be more dominant—and more promiscuous.

Can Your Dog Help You Get Dates?

Your reaction to your own dog and your date's dog may determine how attractive you appear to a potential partner.

Is Living Together What You Expected?

Living with another person has good and bad aspects, usually both.

The Case for Men Marrying an Older Woman

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 22, 2016 in How To Do Life
It may be worth resisting the attraction to younger women.

The 3 Essential Elements of Attraction

Different traits and features are attractive for different types of relationships. Find out how you are attractive—and to whom.

How Homosexual Attraction Can Lead to Violence Against Gays

If Mateen was perhaps more accepting of his own homosexual desires, perhaps none of this would've happened.

The 2 Questions You Have to Ask About Your Relationship

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on June 11, 2016 in Finding Love
This simple exercise will lead you to greater intimacy, joy and healing in your most important relationships.

4 Steps to Attract Someone New (and Still Be Yourself)

Should you behave in the most persuasive and attractive way, or be more authentic? Is there a way to balance the two?

Five Steps to Online Dating

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on June 10, 2016 in Love, Digitally
Make your message humorous. In romantic attraction, familiarity and similarity are important.

Narcissism and Cyberbullying in Online Dating

Gay and straight online daters have different cyberbullying experiences, especially when you account for their narcissism.

2 Ways to Prescreen Candidates for Indian Arranged Marriage

Decision making research explains how inclusion and exclusion methods differ.

What Happens When You Date 'Out of Your League'

Want to be in a relationship that lasts? You may want to consider a partner close to your own level of attractiveness. Here's why.

Smoking Hot

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on June 05, 2016 in Pop Psych
How does recreational drug use affect your attractiveness in the dating world?
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5 Reasons to Stop Worrying About Being Single

By Deborah Carr Ph.D. on June 04, 2016 in Bouncing Back
Are you worried about being single forever? Here are five reasons not to fret.

Creating Super-People

A future Utopia of Supermen and Superwomen as envisioned by early 20th century supporters of eugenics: What would it look like? Could making a better world be so simple?

Love Games of Master Manipulators

Manipulative lovers aren't interested in commitment and faithfulness, and they will have only contempt for your “weakness” in embracing these values.

What's in a Voice?

Researchers have discovered a connection between certain female vocal features and physical attractiveness, health, and fertility, indicating an evolutionary mechanism.

How Many Sex Partners Does It Take to Be Happy?

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on May 13, 2016 in Insight Therapy
When it comes to sex, most people will agree that the partnered version is better than the solitary one. But how many partners?

Stop Dating the Wrong Person

What is it about unhealthy relationship patterns that keep us stuck in a rut? You may be addicted to bad relationships.

5 Tips for Dating Someone Who Struggles With Depression

By Caitlin Cantor LCSW, CST on May 12, 2016 in Modern Sex
It’s painful to watch someone you care about suffer. Learn how to support your partner in their suffering, and foster connection and closeness.

Will Your Relationship Last? Let's Fight About It and See!

Fighting is bad for marriage, right? Wrong. Fighting is inevitable. However, how you and your partner fight strongly predicts whether your relationship will thrive or fail.