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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Why Do Dog Breeds with Genetic Disorders Suddenly Get Hot?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on February 24, 2017 in Animals and Us
Dog breeds like French bulldogs and Chihuahuas are skyrocketing in popularity despite their genetic problems. A new study examines why people are attracted to unhealthy pets.

Are There Behavior Changes When Dogs Are Spayed or Neutered?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on February 22, 2017 in Canine Corner
Data shows that spaying or neutering dogs may not reduce behavior problems but actually tends to increase them.

St. Valentine’s Day and the Biology of Romantic Kissing

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on February 14, 2017 in How We Do It
For Westerners, kisses and Valentine’s Day are inseparable. But new cross-cultural evidence challenges evolutionary inferences regarding possible biological functions of kissing.

Seeing Past Initial Attraction

How do you move from that "casual space" in a relationship where you haven't yet defined it to knowing whether to move forward or not?

Are Flowers on Valentines Day a Big Dumb Waste of Money?

You can't eat flowers (like chocolate). You can't use them to get coffee (like a gift card). Why do we still give people flowers as gifts?

Risks and Unspoken Promises of Intimacy

Are you ready to flex your world to accommodate the needs of another? That's what is necessary for healthy intimate relationships.
Randi Hutter Epstein

Is it Time to Replace the Heart as the Symbol of Love?

Is it time to replace the heart as the symbol of love?

8 Signs You're a Romantic Introvert

By Preston Ni M.S.B.A. on February 12, 2017 in Communication Success
When it comes to love, introverts may think, act, and communicate in ways that are different than those who are more extroverted. Here are eight key signs...

Will You Be My Valentine (With a Disability)?

A new dating app seems to provide an easy way to meet partners with and without disabilities. Will it be successful despite the potential stigma?

Constructing a Valentine’s Day Dating Profile

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on February 08, 2017 in Love, Digitally
• It is not always the case that males pursue physical attractiveness in a female partner. • There is a difference between deliberate and spontaneous choices in online dating.

Making Sense of Love and Romantic Relationships

It can be difficult to make sense of our thoughts and feelings in intimate relationships—not to mention the behavior of partners too. Fortunately, research has the answers...

Age of Consent: How Old Is Old Enough for Sex?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on February 01, 2017 in All About Sex
In most states, the "age of consent," the age when adolescents can legally have sex, is 16. It used to be considerably younger.

Break Free From the Monotony of Online Dating

By Caitlin Cantor LCSW, CST on February 01, 2017 in Modern Sex
Is online dating bringing you down? Try pushing yourself further out of your comfort zone, and give yourself the gift of self-growth and new outcomes.

Aggression in Twentysomethings’ Relationships

Why is aggression more common in relationships earlier in life and some types of relationships, such as cohabitation?

It's Time to Talk About Tinder

What are the advantages and challenges of online dating for persons with disabilities?

Attractiveness Is More (and Less) Important Than You Think

Good looks may be both undervalued and overvalued in our dating and mating decisions, depending on the context.

My Divorced Father Is Dating & I Am Jealous

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on January 03, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
Handling Jealousy About A Parent's Dating

Dating Across Party Lines: Do Shared Politics = Love?

A new research study out this week shows that people prefer to date others with similar political beliefs. That has implications for making our politics less divisive.

8 Ways to Launch a New Romantic Relationship

How do you find a boyfriend or girlfriend? Which approaches are successful and when?

Is It a Marriage If...?

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on December 30, 2016 in The Dolphin Divide
Does human matrimony reflect our animal nature?

The 4 Mental Mistakes That Can Sabotage Your Social Life

By Jennice Vilhauer Ph.D. on December 29, 2016 in Living Forward
These four common patterns of thinking can sabotage your dating life. Here's what you can do to change them.

Could Online Dating Help You Find the One?

By Donna Barstow on December 29, 2016 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Dare to step inside these raging waters.

One Simple Way to Stand Out in the Dating Pool

Success on dating apps can be made easier with a simple trick, as suggested by new research.

Bonking Without Bones: An Evolutionary Enigma

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on December 27, 2016 in How We Do It
New studies clarify the evolution of a "penis bone" in most primates—except humans.

Dating Smart

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 22, 2016 in How To Do Life
A thinking person's guide to meeting a mate.

Modern Weddings Explode Gender Roles

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W.- R. on December 21, 2016 in Quite Queerly
Much as same-sex couples have been doing for years, straight spouses-to-be are now creating weddings that reveal who they are as individuals and as a pair.

Why We Love

Love exists in human groups across the globe. And there are good evolutionary reasons for this fact. Here’s why.

Do You Keep Choosing the Wrong Partners?

By Randi Gunther Ph.D. on December 14, 2016 in Rediscovering Love
Do you believe you can make a better deal than they can?

Tips for Holiday Dating

For most people, most of the time, dating is a lot of fun—especially if you’re dating someone new that you really like. But it can also be stressful...

Why Some People Just Won't Commit

Problems arise for certain individuals—and the people they invite or allow into their lives—when they are unsure or confused about their needs in a romantic partnership.