Should You Expect More From Your Relationship, or Less?

We all have expectations for our romantic relationships. But should we be raising or lowering those expectations? The answer may depend on your relationship skills.

Social Psychology: It’s "Obvious" or it’s "False"

Think twice before dismissing research findings: When we hear of results that seem plausible, we label them "obvious", but when they're counterintuitive, we declare them false.

Why Our Partners Embarrass Us

Have you ever felt embarrassed by your romantic partner? If so, it turns out you’re not alone. New studies have uncovered what researchers call the “vicarious spotlight effect."

This Is Why Couples Really Split

There are many reasons why couples may divorce, but when are these marital problems most likely to arise? Research tests three compelling possibilities.

This Is Why Breakups Can Be So Brutal

Some people take romantic rejection harder than others. New research shows that what you believe about the nature of personality is linked to how well you cope with rejection.

What Is the Link Between Personality and Selfies?

Selfies have become a regular feature on social media, but research has only recently begun to examine the phenomenon. New studies explore the link between selfies and personality.

Is This the Assist You Need to Get Over Your Ex?

Facebook will help you manage your relationship with your ex by allowing you to limit how much of them you see in your feed without unfriending them.

What Kind of Partners Make Narcissists Happy?

Narcissists attach more importance to the physical attractiveness and status of potential mates. But are narcissists really happier when they find that trophy partner?

The Top 9 Relationship Deal Breakers

When we think about what we want in a romantic partner, we often focus on our dealmakers. But we also have our dealbreakers—qualities that would disqualify someone as a dating prospect. New research investigates the most common relationship dealbreakers and how they affect our dating choices.

Do People See Emotions in Your Face That Aren't There?

New research shows that women tend to attribute more hostility to other women's faces than is actually present. The notion of “resting bitch face”, the tendency for a woman’s neutral face expression to appear angry or annoyed, has been catching on in the media. These studies suggest that whether women detect resting bitch face may be due to competition with other women.

The New Routine That Is Ruining More Relationships Every Day

The term “phubbing” has been used to describe the act of interrupting or ignoring an in person conversation in order to attend to one’s cell phone. New research suggests that phubbing your romantic partner could be a sign, or even a cause, of discontent in your relationship.

3 Reasons Not to Give Friends Relationship Advice

Despite our good intentions, our advice to our loved ones may not be welcome... and may not be helpful either. Giving unsolicited advice, particularly unsolicited advice about someone’s relationship, is fraught with difficulties. Here are some reasons why you should reconsider before giving unwanted advice.

Why Many People Are Just as Happy Being Single

Much research suggests that married people are happier than singles, but it’s not clear that marriage makes people happy, or that many aren’t just happier as singles.

What is the Real Link between Selfies and Narcissism?

New research shows that selfies are linked to narcissism in men, but not women, and that some aspects of narcissism are better predictors of selfie-posting than others.

What Can You Learn About People from Facebook?

As anyone who uses Facebook knows, different people post updates about different things: Your high school friend sharing photos of her kids, your colleague opining on politics, your friend posting funny animal videos. But what drives people to post what they do? A new study examines how our personality relates to the type of content we present on Facebook.

Why You Shouldn’t Overthink Your Relationship

A common piece of advice when you’re trying to make an important decision is to generate a pros and cons list. You think “Should I break up with my boyfriend”, and then you generate a list of your guy’s faults and assets. It turns out this strategy is remarkably ineffective in illuminating your true feelings about your partner. But why?

How Facebook Affects Our Relationships

Facebook has influenced the way couples interact with and feel about each other and their relationships. But, you may wonder if that change is for better or worse. So let’s examine the ups and downs of having a relationship in the age of Facebook.

Why Some of Us Seek Dominant Partners

Are you attracted to a romantic partner who is assertive and take charge? Or do you prefer someone less dominant? Your answer is likely to depend on your gender and personality. Women may prefer dominant “bad boys”, but some men prefer “bad girls”, and different women have very different reasons for seeking dominant partners. While other women may seek just the opposite.

Should You Think Twice Before Moving In With a Partner?

Test-driving a relationship by moving in together before marriage seems like the cautious thing to do. But couples who live together prior to marriage are at higher risk for relationship troubles and divorce. Why do these relationships falter and how can you avoid possible negative effects of premarital cohabitation?

Why Some People Let Us Down When We Need Them

If someone has experienced a particular event, they’ll sympathize with those going through the same experience. But those who have gotten through difficult situations tend to be the harshest judges of those who fail under similar circumstances.

What We Need Most From a Relationship

When you think about your ideal romantic partner, it’s not hard to generate that list of traits that describes your dream man or woman. And the closer your current partner is to those ideals, the happier you’ll be. But not all ideals are created equal. Partners who meet your ideals on certain types of traits are more likely to make you happy.

How Much Is Too Much to Share on Social Media?

We often talk about the problem of “oversharing” on social media. But what’s the difference between sharing and oversharing? Where do we draw the line, and how does what we share on social media affect how other people see us? Here are 5 research-backed tips about what we should, and shouldn't, be sharing on Facebook.

Why We Stalk Our Partners

Social networking websites like Facebook give us unprecedented access to others’ lives, and the opportunity to spy on our romantic partners like never before. A new study investigates how this kind of Facebook surveillance is related to the types of relationships we have.

Study: This May Be the Best Way to Keep Couples Together

New research found that an intervention in which couples watched and discussed 5 romantically-themed movies together put them at significantly lower risk of divorce, on par with the effectiveness of well-known therapeutic interventions.

Do Opposites Attract?... It Depends on How They Interact

We've all heard how “opposites attract”, even though we’re also told “birds of a feather flock together”. The relative truth of each of these adages depends on the specific traits where we're similar or dissimilar to our partners, and more importantly on which traits we express when we actually interact with each other.

Does Familiarity Really Breed Contempt?

We’ve all heard the adage “familiarity breeds contempt.” But does it? A large body of research suggests that familiarity often breeds liking, but sometimes it does the opposite. So when does getting to know more about a person make us like them more and when does it make us like them less?

Are Selfies a Sign of Narcissism and Psychopathy?

Are people who post selfies narcissistic and psychopathic, or self-objectifying, or both?

7 Ways You Can Help Your Partner Reach Their Goals

Most advice on pursuing goals focuses on what you can do to achieve your own aims. But how can you help those you love to achieve their goals? Relationship partners play an important role in helping or hindering our progress toward our goals.

4 Ways Our Relationships Change Who We Are

When we are involved in serious romantic relationships, we find ourselves turning from a “me” to an “us”. That means that as we become increasingly committed to our partners, we find our self-concept actually changing. The “us” becomes “me”. But how does our self-concept change, and are these changes good or bad for us and for our relationships?

4 Myths About Online Dating, Exposed

As online dating has become increasingly popular, information — and unfortunately misinformation — abounds. Let’s examine four common myths about online dating.

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