Does Being True to Your Heart Imply Emotional Infidelity?

Being true to your heart often expresses genuine emotional fidelity despite its being sometimes formal infidelity.

Is Chatting Cheating?

Whereas people having online affairs tend to reduce their problematic nature, their offline partners often do not see any difference between online and offline affairs.

Who Cares About the Economy of Extramarital Affairs?

The loss experienced when a partner engages in a romantic affair is often described as a loss of resources; it is not evident that this is indeed the case.

Why the Net Is So Seductive?

A significant advantage of cyberspace is that it is different: it provides desirable situations over and above those found in offline circumstances. It is not an advantage however, if people are unable to draw the lines between online and offline worlds. 

Why Should People Fake Cyberorgasm?

The presence of interactive characteristics in the virtual realm of online relationship is a tremendous revolution in personal relationships, as it enables people to reap most of the benefits associated with offline relationships without investing significant resources.

Love as religion—"I'm truly blessed for everything you give me"

In many respects, romantic love resembles a kind of religion. Like faith, love is regarded as an expression of profound, unique, and morally pure attitudes. Both religion and love are making an impressive comeback in modern society leading to a rise in belief in the prevalence of sin and increase in infidelity.

Loving For Its Own Sake—"Heaven Can't Be Far From Where We Lie"

Profound love and happiness are to be found in relationships and activities that we value for their own sake. 

Can Uniqueness Replace Exclusivity in Romantic Love?

A traditional requirement of romantic love is that of exclusiveness. The validity of the exclusiveness requirement, which emphasizes the negative requirement of limiting, can be doubted when compared to that of uniqueness, which emphasize the positive feature of being special. 

Why Should We Work So Hard on Our Relationships? And How Come No One Works At Adultery?

Falling in love is easier than staying in love, and the process of falling out of love is a more gradual one than that of falling in love. It is claimed that preventing the latter requires hard work.

The Nurturing Approach to Romantic Love—Promoting Rather Than Controlling

Satisfied people, who are able to further develop and flourish within a romantic relationship, are those who are most likely to stay in love. 

Changing Sexual Partners: Is It Good for Your Heart and Marriage?

Due to the crucial role of change in generating emotions the alliance between passionate romantic love and a committed relationship is problematic. 

Why Do (Some) Men Murder Their Beloved Wives?

Explaining the phenomenon of wife-killing is difficult, as love is concerned with benevolent activities toward the beloved, whereas killing is the annihilation of the beloved.

The Influence of Romantic Ideology on Men Who Loved, Yet Murdered Their Wives

It is estimated that over 30% of all female murder victims in the United States die at the hands of a former or present spouse or boyfriend. How can murdering a beloved be associated with love? 

Should We Believe in Romantic Ideology?

Although the chances of entirely fulfilling Romantic Ideology are next to nil, most people still believe that this ideology expresses what genuine love should be. Shouldn't we be better when not adopting this ideology?

Romantic Regrets--Who Needs Them?

In the short term, people often regret their brief sexual affairs; in the long term, they typically regret romantic and sexual affairs they didn't have.  

Love at First Sight (and First Chat)

Love at first sight is hard to explain. How can we evaluate a person's internal characteristics, which are part of love, just at one glance?

Who Deserves to Have an Affair?

When we think that our partner does not deserve us, our love will be reduced, and we are likely to look for other partners.

The Risks of Online Flirting

Flirting is a kind of game in which participants move closer to the borderline—and sometimes even step across it—and then move back. What happens when that line is not clear?

Online Conversations: The Art of Written Communication

In cyberspace, confidence in personal relationships is acquired by genuine conversations and not by expensive makeup. Conversation, rather than name and title, makes the difference. The emphasis upon written communication in online relationships can be perceived as a reaction to the excessive role given to visual content in modern society.

Positive Illusions in Romantic Love: "You're the Nearest Thing to Heaven"

Positive illusions may help people to fly together "on the wings of love," but quite often the wings are not strong enough to carry them both together.

Enslaved by the possible—"Ready for the times to get better"

We have become slaves to many tempting romantic and sexual possibilities available in modern life. The chains of potential possibilities prevent us from enjoying or even being comfortable with our present lot and are often harder to escape than the chains of the present.  

Hating the One You Love—"I Hate You, but I Love You"

Many testimonies, as well as fictional works, describe situations in which people find themselves hating the person they love. This might initially appear to be contradiction, for how can one love and hate the same person at the same time? A discussion of this problem requires making a distinction between logical consistency and psychological compatibility. Hating the one you love may be a consistent experience, but it raises difficulties concerning its psychological compatibility.

Does My Partner Belong to Me? The Justification for Jealousy

Despite various challenges to the requirement for exclusivity in love, this constraint does have a basis, as it expresses a genuine psychological concern. Married people who are having an extramarital affair may still feel intense jealousy if they suspect their lovers of having an additional affair. The bad news for our future is that jealousy will be part of romantic relationships for a long time; the good news is that people will gradually give less weight to it.

Cracking a Few Romantic Boundaries

Drawing boundaries is essential for human society: living with other people implies limiting our desires. Drawing romantic boundaries is particularly difficult since many people perceive love as comprehensive, uncompromising, and unconditional. However, normative boundaries are often perceived to have no relevance to love: “all is fair in love and war.” Are we then allowed to crack a few romantic boundaries?

Hard Times for Modern Lovers

Modern times are difficult for lovers—perhaps more so than in most previous eras. Two major reasons for this: there are hardly any constraints preventing leaving the current romantic framework and there are many tempting accessible alternatives to the current romantic relationship. Accordingly, romantic bonds tend to be frailer and briefer than in the past.

Loving Two People at the Same Time

Empirical evidence clearly suggests that humans are capable of loving and having sex with more than one person at the same time. Nevertheless, it is not obvious how to explain this phenomenon as emotions are typically partial and exclusive.