There are many temptations to organize our life around the experience of earlier trauma. But that may short-change the future—which starts by our envisioning something better.
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Sex addiction is a controversial topic among healthcare professionals, but labeling high sex drive as “excessive” stems from negative sexual attitudes that pervade society.
People are happier when they believe relationships take effort. This kind of sexual growth mindset also makes people less sensitive to sexual rejection.
“Hot topics” in a relationship can be difficult to discuss, but new research shows that open and honest communication is the best approach to resolving a conflict.
Research shows that closeness makes for satisfying relationships, but there are also limits on how close partners actually want to be.
New research shows that both men and women believe it’s more important for a man to orgasm during sex than a woman.
New research finds that people are pretty good at intuiting their partner’s reasons for having sex, but that still doesn’t make them happier in their relationship.
According to cultural scripts, men are supposed to “give” their lovers an orgasm during sex, but many have little understanding of how female climax works.
A friends-with-benefits relationship is more than just a casual fling but short of a long-term commitment, and the rules of engagement vary widely from couple to couple.
Political ideology helps explain COVID vaccine hesitancy, but it’s subtler than just a division between conservative and liberal worldviews.
As America ages, it’s no surprise that sexual frequency is declining. But even young adults are having less sex than before.
People consider both the things they want (deal makers) and don’t want (deal breakers) in a potential mate, but they give more weight to positive than negative traits.
A simple personality test can determine whether you’re single and whether you’re happy that way or not.
Married people are generally happier than singles. New research explores whether they're happy because they’re married, or married because they’re happy.
Researchers have identified the center for a sexual climax, but it isn’t located where you think.
Charismatic people make great leaders, but new research shows they make great lovers as well. And the good news is that charismatic behaviors can be learned.
Gender-affirming medical procedures have helped many people lead productive lives, but some come to regret their transition.
A decline in relationship satisfaction is inevitable in almost all marriages, but successful couples learn how to find opportunities for positive interactions.
New research shows that crushes are quite common among adults in committed relationship, but it also finds these to be little cause for concern.
A satisfying relationship requires open communication about intimate preferences, but many couples find it difficult to talk about sex. Here's how to bridge the gap.
It’s normal for people to hold both positive and negative attitudes about their spouse, and the resulting cognitive dissonance can be a strong motivation for change.
When we're under a lot of stress, we often blame our partner for things that really aren't their fault. Being mindful of this can make our marriage stronger.
New research challenges commonly accepted assumptions about the dynamics of happy and unhappy relationships.
Couples in open marriages feel happiness for their partner’s other romances, which they call “compersion,” but that doesn’t mean they can’t also experience jealousy.
Some people hide their emotions to protect themselves during conflicts, but instead it hampers attempts to resolve the issue.
Keeping secrets can be psychologically damaging, but gaining insight into the reasons for doing so can help lead to empowerment.
The great divide between rich and poor in America has led to different sets of relationship issues for high- and low-SES couples.
Are you feeling down? Findings from a recent study suggest that acting more extraverted than usual could boost your mood.
We’d like to think of dating as a way of testing out potential partners, but new research shows we usually ignore signs of trouble.
New research shows that people will avoid those who spend a lot of time alone.
New research shows that most people now prefer getting to know their partners as friends first rather than through dating.
David Ludden, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Georgia Gwinnett College.