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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Love at First Sight: New Research on Who's Attracted to Whom

Whether or not you believe in love at first sight, there’s a case to be made for instant attraction. New research on speed-dating shows how personality affects romantic choices.

Interpersonal Attraction

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on March 24, 2017 in A Sideways View
What has evolutionary science to say about physical attractiveness?

A Story of Personal Loss

My response to personal loss? I always get what I need; occasionally get what I want. Can I rely on a law of attraction to return it to me or should I hope for an honest soul?

How Relationships Work

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on March 19, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Want a straightforward, research-backed, practical overview of how relationships work? Here it is.
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Are We Doomed to Repeat Our Relationship Patterns?

Do the attachment styles we develop in childhood inevitably shape our adult relationships? And if so, can they be changed?
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7 Common Mixed Signals in Dating and Relationships

By John Kim, LMFT on March 17, 2017 in The Angry Therapist
Don't let mixed signals get in the way of your relationship.

Looking for Love?

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on March 16, 2017 in Cravings
Where do people look for love and friendship? And where do they actually find it?

Recent Research About Millennials' Sex Life

Are more millennials preferring to binge watch on the couch at night rather than having sex? What the latest research tells us about sex and coupledom for the millennial cohort.

Avoiding "Fatal Attractions" in Intimate Relationships

Finding the right partner can be challenging. Picking one who will not annoy you or turn you off in the long run can be even harder. Fortunately, research can help...

Should I leave This Person?

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on March 12, 2017 in Fighting Fear
Frequently, a patient asks me if he/she should leave the person he/she is dating. Usually, that person's friends make that recommendation. I do not usually--for different reasons.

Help! I Hate My Daughter's Boyfriend!

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on March 08, 2017 in Social Lights
How parents can cope with their child’s dating choices
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Ed Sheeran: How Far Will You Go?

By Jane Greer Ph.D. on March 08, 2017 in Shrink Wrap
New horizons?

“I Have Feelings for You,” Its Eight Different Meanings

Virtually all of us would agree that such an emotional declaration as “I have feelings for you” implies fervid feelings of hopeful love. Unless, that is, it doesn’t.

What’s Behind a Dating Profile?

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on March 07, 2017 in Love, Digitally
Profiles written by people in middle age are longer than the those by age groups younger or older. Females who use negative words score lower on trust and higher on caution.

Why Successful Women Gravitate Toward Younger Men

By Suzanne Lachmann Psy.D. on March 04, 2017 in Me Before We
If you’re a successful woman who gravitates toward younger men, it may be because you appreciate the non-defensive willingness to absorb what you can provide.

It’s the Mode For Men to Have More Sex Partners

A common fallacy mistakes the mean for the mode where numbers of sex partners distinguished by sex is concerned.

Commitment Phobia and Hookups

In today’s hookup culture, no one is a priority. People are options, like restaurants. If you don’t like the food, you don’t ever need to go back.

Dating and Coercive Control

By Carol A. Lambert, MSW on March 01, 2017 in Mind Games
A thousand women with controlling partners missed their partner's coercive tendencies while dating.

Are Dating Apps Ruining Your Love Life?

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on February 28, 2017 in The First Impression
Is a love connection one swipe away?

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?

7 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.
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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...