Emoticons in Professional Emails Signal Incompetence

New research examines how using emoticons affects first impressions. Emoticons may be beneficial in some situations, but can make you look less competent in professional settings.

Things May Look Better When You Have Company

Bringing a friend along to the movies or a trip to the museum could make you enjoy it more — even if you don’t interact with your friend. Here's why.

Are Romanticized Expectations Good or Bad for Relationships?

Our culture is full of romantic beliefs: Love conquers all, each of has a soulmate, love at first sight is possible. Is it harmless romanticism or a recipe for disappointment?

Is Tinder Really a Hookup App?

Two new studies help explain why people use Tinder and what happens after they “swipe right.”

Do Selfies Make Us Self-Conscious?

A new study explores how taking and sharing selfies can make us more attuned to how others’ see us.

10 Tips for Solving Relationship Conflicts

Conflict isn't all bad. In fact, working through conflicts can really benefit your relationship... If you use the right strategies.

This Is How People Judge You Online

New research shows that posting on Facebook about your accomplishments can make you appear immodest, but praise from friends is likely to boost your social capital.

The 5 Most Important Qualities for a Romantic Partner

Most of us have long list of things we're searching for in a mate. But what should we really be looking for to ensure relationship success?

Are Narcissists Nastier to Their Romantic Partners?

New research examines how narcissism affects the way couples interact with each other. It turns out that one partner’s narcissism may be especially problematic.

When Couples Use Affection as a Reward

New research investigates how making your affection contingent on your partner’s good behavior can be beneficial, and potentially backfire.

The Perils of One-Sided Romance

New research examines the consequences of mismatched commitment in romantic couples. It turns out that one partner’s commitment may be key to whether or not the relationship lasts.

Do Facebook "Likes" Affect Psychological Well-Being?

New research shows that the way we're affected by Facebook likes may depend on our self-esteem, and our sense of purpose in life.

What's Going on When You Stay in Touch With Your Ex

New research shows having contact with an ex could harm a new relationship; whether it does depends on the motives for staying in touch.

Is Everyone Really Lying Online?

New research shows that while online deception is common, it's less common than we think. And these new findings should be interpreted in light of research on offline lying.

Why TV Is Better for Your Relationship Than You Think

New research suggests that sharing the fictional lives of TV and movie characters with your romantic partner can compensate for lacking shared real world friends.

Can a Crush on a Friend Turn Into Romance?

New research shows how projecting your romantic feelings onto a friend can sometimes set off a chain reaction that leads to romance.

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 Some Couples Are Destined to 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 Partners Would 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.

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