Is Pregnancy Contagious? How About Marriage or Divorce?

We think our relationship decisions are decisions we make: but are we being influenced by our friends?

7 Ways Your Relationship Can Change You

Who you are is less stable than you think, especially when it comes to the influence of romantic partners.

Where Does the Anger in Your Relationship Come From?

Everyday love can come with some anger... but is your anger linked to who you are, rather than what your partner did?

9 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Workplace Romance

Flirtation, sex, and love might be tempting when you and a colleague share a mutual attraction. But is it a good idea?

5 Research-Backed Reasons We Wear Makeup

Today's cosmetics are not as arbitrary as they might seem.

Are 36 Questions All It Takes to Fall in Love?

When love follows a 36-question exercise, people pay attention. But is this method a reliable one for transitioning strangers into long-term romantic partners?

Does Your Partner See the Real You?

Being your true self is risky, but the relationship benefits could be substantial.

How Can You Tell When You Should Just Be Friends?

How do you know whether you two should be friends or something more? Recognizing the signs of pure friendship versus long-term romantic potential can help.

7 Simple Ways You Can Become a Better Partner

The happiest relationships benefit from action and attention. You can do a lot to improve the quality of your partnership. Here are some ideas based on recent scientific findings...

9 Ways the Internet Can Be Toxic for Your Relationship

The Internet connects people, but can it also pull people apart? How does the online world affect your relationship?

Why Sweet Words, and Tastes, Matter in Relationships

There's more to pet names than you might think: sweet words and love seem to be cognitively connected.

The 3 Simple Habits That Predict Long-Term Love

Can love last? We might think it's not too common, but some couples have learned how to keep their passionate love alive in their relationships.

6 Ways That Love Requires Courage

To find and keep love may draw on our deepest virtues, and one that is often overlooked is courage. How does courage matter in relationship happiness?

Does Your Partner Need You?

Does your romantic partner really need you? How can you tell? Research provides some insight into what "needing" looks like in romantic relationships.

5 Ways to Tell if a Relationship Might Last

It's sometimes hard to tell if a new relationship has long-lasting potential. Consider these questions, which can help you figure it out.

What Your Halloween Costume Says About Your Relationship

Your choice of Halloween costume may tell the world something about how much your relationship means to you.

We All Want Passion. But Do We Need It?

Passion is often touted as an important component of a romantic relationship, but how essential is it?

Moving Beyond Insecurity and Finding Relationship Happiness

If anxious attachment is a concern, Dr. Becker-Phelps offers a solution.

10 Things We've Learned About Hookups and Regret

A hook up is sometimes more than a hook up, leaving people with emotions ranging from excitement and pride to regret and shame. What explains these different reactions?

Who Can Really Make Us Happy?

Scientists submit the old saying, "a happy wife, a happy life" to empirical scrutiny.

How Do You Deal With Your Partner's Faults?

Every relationship has the occasional bump in the road: how you think about those bumps may predict your satisfaction in your relationship.

Could You Be Dating a Narcissist?

How do personality characteristics, like narcissism, influence the quality of romantic relationships? The challenge of dating a narcissist becomes clear from its associations with a variety of problem-inducing behaviors.

How to Spot a Flirt

What differentiates flirting from friendly banter? Research reveals how accurately people interpret flirting and provides some clues to help decipher the often tricky code of interpersonal conversation.

What's More Important, Where You Meet or Who Introduces You?

Did you meet your partner at a bar? Through friends? In a kickball league? Your relationship’s place of origin may predict how your relationship will progress.

Should You Move-in Together, or Not?

The transition from dating to marriage often includes a period of pre-marital cohabition, but is living together a smart choice for dating couples? A nuanced look at the literature reveals important information for individuals wondering if this is the right "next step."

The Truth About On-Again, Off-Again Couples

Relationship cycling is known to be dangerous in dating relationships, but what happens if those relationships transition into cohabitation or marriage? Does everything settle into a happy, satisfying relationship?

Is Your Relationship Resilient?

Life offers ups, downs, and all sorts of unexpected turns. Can your relationship endure through difficult times? Compare your relationship’s patterns with the patterns that scientific study has revealed are typical of resilient relationships.

How Do You Know If You're in Love?

How do you figure out if you're really in love with someone? Scientific research offers some signs that may help you evaluate your own experience.

How Much Time Should Couples Spend Together?

When you're dating, how do you know if you're spending enough time with your partner v. your friends, family, and work?

Is Oxytocin a Stress Response or Bonding Hormone?

What exactly is the role of oxytocin in romantic relationships? Do happy couples have high oxytocin levels, or is oxytocin a marker of romantic relationship distress?

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