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The Social Psychology of Attraction and Romantic Relationships
Madeleine A Fugère Ph.D.
If you have ever wondered whether you’re turning into your romantic partner, your questions are justified.
Fascinating research on sexual arousal shows that women may not consciously realize which partners most strongly attract us. But does physiological arousal equate to sexual desire?
Our unspoken reactions to our partners may be more important determinants of our relationship satisfaction than the words we say to each other.
Although we are unaware of their influence, unconscious forces can have a strong effect on both the initial spark and our long-term romantic interactions.
Across all stages of our relationships, we intuitively respond incorrectly when we try to answer these basic questions.
Have you ever wondered why sex makes you feel so close to your partner? Here are four scientific explanations for the increased intimacy post-sex.
A wealth of information is accessible to observers within moments. Find out what others will know about you, and what you can quickly learn about them.
The strikingly similar neural responses to feelings of sexual desire and love.
Sometimes even the most fundamental laws of attraction don't function in the ways we expect. Find out why.
Have you ever wondered why men tend to overestimate women's sexual interest in them? The reasons may surprise you.
Is your partner only concerned with his or her own sexual needs? How to identify a sexual narcissist, and the implications for your relationships.
Why would parents want their daughters to date someone less attractive? The reasons may surprise you.
Many of the factors which shape our sexual thoughts and desires remain consciously undetected by women.
Feeling as if you look less than perfect? Find out how we underestimate our own attractiveness.
These evidence-based relationships hacks can help to improve your romantic relationship, no extra time or effort necessary. Try them today!
Men's sexual attraction to women has some surprising and unintended consequences for both sexes.
Some of the benefits of women's orgasms are both unconscious and surprising.
Do you tend to dislike photographs of yourself? Here's why — and how you can improve your fondness of your photographs.
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The benefits of dating an attractive man are clear, but have you considered the drawbacks?
It's not a stretch to believe that love makes you dumb, but can sex make you smarter? Explore the complex connections among love, sex, and intellect.
When we think about breakups we focus on the negative emotions and distress. But you can free yourself from your rotten relationship and reap these benefits, too.
Why we are drawn to forbidden relationships, and why it isn't helpful for others to try to prevent us from engaging in them.
Ordinarily, to boost your sex appeal you alter your physical appearance, but try these extraordinary strategies, no physical alterations required!
A satisfying sex life is more than just frequent intercourse or achieving orgasm; some surprising qualities can enhance our sexual experiences.
Do you know someone in a bad relationship? Have you ever wondered why they stay? Psychological research helps to elucidate why many couples remain in unfulfilling relationships.
Getting involved in bad relationships is not just bad luck. There are good reasons supported by research why we choose relationships that will ultimately be unfulfilling.
Can we consciously discern the traits which motivate our dating and mating decisions?
Do you have a secret relationship? Do you find secret sex to be more exciting? Find out why secret sex can be more novel, thrilling, intimate, and satisfying.
How to spot a cheater before you get involved in a relationship with him/her. Plus, how to find a partner who is more likely to remain faithful.
Madeleine A. Fugère, Ph.D., is a professor of Social Psychology at Eastern Connecticut State University, and her areas of expertise include attraction and romantic relationships.