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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Choice of Partners in Online Dating: The More, the Better?

By Catalina Toma Ph.D. on August 21, 2016 in Virtual You
I examine how the number of matches online daters are provided with (few vs. many) affects these daters' satisfaction with a selected partner.

Money for Nothing, but the Chicks Aren't Free

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on August 21, 2016 in Pop Psych
New research finds that altruists (or at least men) tend to have a greater degree of mating success. As usual, however, the matter is more complicated than that.

5 Myths About How to Deal With a Breakup

Don't fall prey to these misconceptions about what you should be doing to grieve the loss of your marriage or long-term relationship.

Dating Violence, Warning Signs

Can teens be taught the fundamentals of healthy relationships and the warning signs of possible abuse? Health education can do much to protect youth before it's too late.

How Men Feel About Their Bodies

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on August 10, 2016 in Cravings
Are you a man with concerns about your appearance? You're not alone!

The Invisible Sexuality

By Joye Swan Ph.D. on August 06, 2016 in Up Close and Personal
Bisexuals face a unique problem—their orientation is not believed by either hetero- or homosexuals. For bisexual women, "it's just a phase." For men, "they're really gay."

Why Your Perfect Partner Doesn't Need to Be Ideal

Our partner may not match our ideal preferences, but we employ a variety of psychological techniques to keep us happy with the person we're with.

Do Women Prefer Men With Beards?

Does a beard help a guy get noticed? Is a little stubble really sexy? Should he skip a shave or two? Research has the answers.

Sage Relationship Advice From the Movie Swingers

It’s been twenty years and I still think one of my favorite relationship movies is Swingers. It is a veritable storehouse of relationship advice, particularly about self-esteem.

Four Attractive Stereotypes You Shouldn't Try to Conform To

By Mairi Macleod Ph.D. on July 26, 2016 in Sexy Science
If you act dumb to appeal to men, or you flash your cash to pull women, then don't be surprised if you attract the wrong types.

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!

What You Need to Know for Sure Before Moving in Together

Most people believe cohabiting is a great test of compatibility, but it's probably not.

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 Core 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 Tips 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.