Relationships Essential Reads

Do Strong Sexual Desires Universally Predict Cheating?

If you (or your partner) have a high sex drive, is there more risk of infidelity?

Your Magic Wand for Less Drama, More Love

What if you could create that deep loving connection as your (almost) constant way of being with your child? It would be like giving yourself a magic wand.
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How to Overcome FOMO

Fear of missing out got you down? Not for long with these 5 tips.

Self-Absorption: The Root of All (Psychological) Evil?

If you’ve ever been called self-absorbed, you can be sure you weren’t getting a compliment. So why is it so easy to fall into the pit of obsessive rumination?

New Study Explains Why Twins Live Longer

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in The Squeaky Wheel
A new study examined why twins live longer. But non-twins can benefit from their findings as well.
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The Joy (and Benefits) of Renewing Old Friendships

By Temma Ehrenfeld on August 23, 2016 in Open Gently
Reuniting with friends from your past.

3 Ways to Be More Authentic in Your Intimate Relationships

Feeling that you can be authentic in your relationships is certainly one of the keys to fulfillment. New research gives you the tools to test how well you measure up.

The Difficult Ex

Divorces are never easy, and it doesn't help to have a difficult ex-spouse, but there are many positive, healthy ways to deal with this situation.

Your Legacy

Legacy isn't only how others remember you. It's how you witness the significance of your own life

The Danger of Telling Kids "You Can Do Anything!"

Telling kids that they can do anything may have unexpected downsides. There is a better way.
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Choice of Partners in Online Dating: The More, the Better?

By Catalina Toma Ph.D. on August 21, 2016 in Virtual You
I examine how the number of matches online daters are provided with (few vs. many) affects these daters' satisfaction with a selected partner.

Money for Nothing, but the Chicks Aren't Free

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on August 21, 2016 in Pop Psych
New research finds that altruists (or at least men) tend to have a greater degree of mating success. As usual, however, the matter is more complicated than that.

Connecting: Forging Real Relationships with People of Color

Are you a white person who wants to combat racism? Use the science of social connection to make your own world a less white place. Deliberately connect with people of color.

Trump´s Tweets and Twitter Psychology: You Talkin´ to Me?

Twitter is both public and personal. Facilitating interaction between political candidates and prospective voters creates synthetic intimacy which can translate into votes.

What Kinds Of People Believe Animals Go To Heaven?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on August 19, 2016 in Animals and Us
Two recent studies have found many people agree that animals from dogs to snakes and insects experience life after death.

Alison Gopnik’s Advice to Parents: Stop Parenting!

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on August 19, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
Everything Professor Gopnik says in The Gardener and the Carpenter indicates that our schooling system is very very wrong. So why does she point her finger at parents, not schools?

Why No One Likes a Humblebragger

Research shows that people find humblebragging more off-putting than pure bragging and pure complaining.

Should You Share Your Cocktail Hour With Your Dog?

Evidence shows that sharing alcoholic beverages with your dog is a bad practice.

How to Turn Friendship Into Love

Is your friendship forever a friendship, or could it turn into a romance? New research can help.

When Sibling Rivalry Goes Awry

You may remember the days in the not so distant past when you were the envy of friends and family. “Your kids get along so well,” they would gush.

8 Keys to a Loving Relationship

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on August 16, 2016 in Emotional Fitness
Put these eight simple tools to work to improve your love life.

6 Ways to Make a Bad First Impression

First impressions can become last impressions if you’re not careful. These 6 common mistakes can prevent people from getting to know who you really are.

Does Loving Longer Mean Loving More?

Loving longer is associated with lower romantic intensity, but it is also related to profound love. Does loving longer increase or decrease love? It all depends on what love is.
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Why Aren't We Doing Less With More?

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on August 15, 2016 in Cui Bono
New technologies allow to complete tasks much more quickly, potentially providing us with enormous amounts of free time. So why do we fill that time with more work instead of play?

Why Someone's Disappointment Hurts Us More Than Their Anger

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on August 15, 2016 in Trust
When you know you've hurt others' feelings, their anger can be easier to handle than their disappointment.

Taking Single Life Seriously

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on August 14, 2016 in Living Single
From research on the actual lives of single people comes findings that defy all stereotypes.

How to Move a Relationship out of the Friend Zone

Everyone engages in a little fantasizing in which the platonic turns to the romantic. New research shows that these fantasies can become reality under the right conditions.

The Social Psychology of Brexit

By Mark van Vugt Ph.D. on August 12, 2016 in Naturally Selected
How can social psychology contribute to understanding the consequences of Brexit for the European Union? Exit-voice-loyalty theory offers some suggestions and solutions.

Mars, Venus, and Infidelity 


Do men and women agree on the definition of infidelity?

How Social Constructionism Created the Sex Addiction Model

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on August 11, 2016 in Standard Deviations
An ideological belief in the malleability of sexuality has given rise to the sex addiction movement.