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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Weight Loss, Dating, and Relationships

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Does the stigma against obesity even apply to people who have successfully lost weight? New research provides a look at how this kind of stigma can affect mating choices.

10 Things I’ve Learned About Love in the Last 10 Years

By John Kim, LMFT on September 19, 2017 in The Angry Therapist
10 Love Lessons From A Therapist

Choice in Consensual Non-Monogamy

How consent, personal responsibility, and mutual reliance enable polyamorous people to construct designer relationships.

Cover Story: Clothing Items That Make Women Attractive

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on September 17, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Fair or not, women are often approached based not on who they are, but on what they wear. Research reveals the appeal of heels, and why the color red looks red hot.

Reasons Not to Date an Attractive, Masculine Man

By Madeleine A Fugère Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in Dating and Mating
The benefits of dating an attractive man are clear, but have you considered the drawbacks?

Expansive Body Language and Quick Romantic Attraction

What types of body language get you noticed quickly and create attraction, especially in today’s world of speed dating and swipe-to-match dating apps?

A Strategy for Dating

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on September 10, 2017 in Fighting Fear
Contrary to popular opinion, it is possible, with a proper strategy, to enjoy dating.

Breaking Down Relationship Roadblocks to Live a Happier Life

Learning to thrive in a relationship can be challenging, but we must go back to the basics of human compassion and selflessness.

A Sperm’s Obstacle Course to the Egg

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on September 06, 2017 in How We Do It
If too many sperms surround the egg, catastrophic fertilization by more than one may occur. A woman’s reproductive tract is adapted to tightly constrain sperm numbers near the egg.

Can Two Narcissists Ever Really Fall in Love?

It’s a well-known fact in the psychology of relationships that like really does attract like. New personality research shows that narcissism follows the same assortment pattern.
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Modern Love

By Elizabeth Young on September 01, 2017 in Adaptations
How much organizing should one woman do to go out to dinner and split the bill? 

15 Reasons to Be Wary About Falling in Love

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on September 01, 2017 in Evolution of the Self
No matter how it turned out, most people would agree that falling in love was the most euphoric, even ecstatic, experience of their life.

Abusive Teen Dating Relationships

Ten essential questions for youth to ask themselves to determine if they are in a healthy relationship.

Do People Who Marry Late in Life Find Happiness?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on August 27, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Is marrying early or late the key to happiness in later life? A new research study yields some intriguing findings about the importance of marital timing.

Ever Been "Stashed" By an Ex?

Advances in communication technology have spawned a new vocabulary and new methods of breaking someone's heart.
2004 by Tomasz Sienicki

Do Smartphones Delay Sex and Dating?

Perhaps the correlation is not causal because a third variable, such as helicopter parenting, might be responsible for having a smartphone and delaying sex and romance.

Infidelity Vs Addiction: What Is the Difference?

Is your partner a sex addict, or just a cheater?

The Seduction of Secret — How Intrigue Sparks Attraction

Mysterious, fascinating, or assertive partners spark intrigue and admiration. Yet avoid a date with disaster by considering why someone does not open up.

Why Too Many Sperms Spoil the Egg

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on August 11, 2017 in How We Do It
Men can produce too many sperms as well as too few. Excessive sperm numbers around an egg can result in multiple fertilization, abnormal chromosome numbers, and miscarriage.

Dating Is Dead

By John Kim, LMFT on August 08, 2017 in The Angry Therapist
Dating is dead. And is it too late to save?

How Do We Decide Whether or Not to Break Up?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on August 07, 2017 in ExperiMentations
What factors do we weigh when deciding to leave a long-term relationship? How does attachment style influence decision-making? New research provides additional insight.

What Keeps Partners From Cheating?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on August 04, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Infidelity generally leads to pain and suffering for all involved, and is the most common factor in divorce. How do we resist temptation, making it more likely we'll stay together?

Should You Worry About Your Partner´s Attractive "Friends?"

How many of you have felt anxious upon meeting a new paramour´s gorgeous "good friend?" Friendship attraction is a relational complication that is a blessing and a curse.

From Friendship to Courtship: How Friends Fall in Love

How do couples transition from friendship to courtship? The answer depends on projection and mutual attraction.

What Is the Sexiest Emotion for Men to Display?

By Alec Beall, Ph.D. on July 27, 2017 in Aesthetics 101
Why are bad boys so dreamy? Emotion research may help to explain.

Follow the Leader: Authority-Based Relationships Uncovered

An expert on alternative lifestyles shatters myths on these relationships.

The Big-hearted "Big Sick"

By Deborah King on July 24, 2017 in Mining the Headlines
A new way to view a Pakastani Muslim—as the lead in a romance with real heart.

If You Got It, Think Hard About Flaunting It

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on July 21, 2017 in Pop Psych
To what extent does promiscuity drive attitudes towards homosexuality?

Are You Dating Confident?

How do you approach dating? Here's why confidence can help.

Fatal Attraction

By R. Douglas Fields Ph.D. on July 20, 2017 in The New Brain
An intriguing link has been identified between unconventional sexual behavior and a common parasite, which is acquired from cats.