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?

There has been a lot of talk about selfies in the media. But psychologists know surprisingly little about the effects of selfies or about the people who post them. A new study examines the relationship between selfie-posting, photo-editing and personality. 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.

Do We Lie More in Texts or Face-to-Face?

Lying is, for better or worse, a substantial part of communication. But how much do we lie, and how have new technologies, like text messaging, changed the way we lie?

Study: Sweets Can Help You Find a Sweetheart

When we talk about love and romance, we often describe love as “sweet”. “Honey”, “sugar”, and "sweetheart" are common affectionate nicknames. This metaphor between love and sweet taste is quite prevalent. But could it extend to the actual physical sensation of taste? New research suggests that sweet tastes can make us more open to new romance.

What's Really Behind Jealousy, and What to Do About It

A common misconception is that jealousy is a sign of love. But suspicious jealousy is more about insecurity than love. What does research tell us about the nature of jealousy and how we can cope with it in our own relationships?

Study: Many of Us Can Spot a Cheater Within 5 Minutes

Many people wonder if their own romantic partners are being unfaithful, or if the partners of their friends or family members are cheating. Can we tell if someone is unfaithful to their partner just by briefly watching the couple communicate with each other? A new study suggests that we can pick up clues of infidelity by watching couples interact for only a few minutes.

6 Myths About Men, Women, and Relationships

When it comes to relationships between men and women, almost everyone has an opinion. But what does research tell us about how men and women really behave in romantic relationships? This article examines six common myths about gender differences in dating and relationships.

Everybody Else is Cheating, Right? Not Necessarily

Our perceptions of the acceptability of infidelity could influence our likelihood to cheat. And those perceptions are likely to be wrong.

Sometimes a Little Help From Our Friends Hurts

It has been well-documented that perceived support is associated with greater health and well-being, but the effects of actually getting help from others are mixed. Sometimes, it makes us feel good, but other times it doesn't help, and can even make us feel worse. New research shows how help from our loved ones can threaten our self-worth.

Do We Reveal More in Person or on Our Electronic Devices?

In today’s world, communication takes many forms, from face-to-face, to phone, to text only communication via text messages and the Internet. But what does this mean for self-disclosure? Are we more likely to open up to others when we can express ourselves fully in person, or when nonverbal cues are limited, so that we feel less self-conscious when we pour out our hearts?

How Good Relationships Can Make You Stronger

One thing that relationship research has taught us is that good relationships are good for us. In fact, having strong relationships is a better predictor of mortality than any other healthy lifestyle behavior. But why are relationships so beneficial? A new review of the research unlocks the secrets of how good relationships help us flourish.

Who's Really More Romantic, Men or Women?

Could it be that men are really the hopeless romantics? This may seem hard to believe, as you see magazine stands filled with bridal magazines and romantic movies and novels marketed to women. But research suggests that the male attitude toward love is more romantic.

What We Really Think of Public Displays of Affection

Facebook profiles often feature loving messages and photos of affectionate couples. Are these couples as happy as they appear? And when you see these signs of coupledom on social media, do you think “oh, how sweet!” or “enough already!”? Some recent research has examined how happy couples present their relationships on social media and what others think about PDA.

Is Facebook Really Turning Us into Narcissists?

There is mounting evidence that narcissism is related to heavy Facebook use, and many in the popular media are quick to blame Facebook for increasing levels of narcissism. However new research suggests that Facebook use may be a consequence, and not a cause, of narcissism.

Is This the Best Way to Deal with Your Partner’s Faults?

Committing your life to another person is a big step. How can you feel comfortable taking that risk, committing to a partner who you know is flawed? To overcome those insecurities, it is sometimes best to hold some “positive illusions” about your partner, even if they’re not accurate.

Can You Really Trust the People You Meet Online?

With more and more people starting relationships online, many have wondered, can we trust people we meet on the Internet? The research in social psychology suggests that the answer is a guarded "Yes."

What You Need to Know Before You Try Online Dating

In the quest to find romance, more and more people have turned to online dating. If you want to make the most of online dating, you first need to know what opportunities it can give you and be aware of its limitations.

Is Twitter Hurting Your Relationship?

A new study suggests that overuse of Twitter could cause relationship conflicts, leading to infidelity and breakup. But what do these findings really mean?

Deception and Honesty on MTV's “Catfish”

On the MTV reality show, “Catfish,” the show’s hosts help a viewer track down an elusive online love. Almost inevitably, it is discovered that they have been fooled, and the person to whom they poured out their heart is not who they appeared to be. However, sometimes something very real has developed beneath the lies.