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.
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 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.
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.
Much research has suggested that married people are happier than singles, but it’s not clear if marriage actually makes people happy, and it isn’t always the case that marriage is related to greater happiness. New research shows how the goals we have in our relationships are tied to whether or not we’re happier when we’re coupled.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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?
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.
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?