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On the evolutionary psychology of human attraction
Robert Burriss Ph.D.
New research investigates how disgust influences our desire for a casual fling.
A dose of oxytocin may increase the differences between men's and women's partner preferences.
New research suggests that female appearance-enhancement is associated with social costs as well as benefits.
Scientists have looked again at the claim that a low waist-to-hip ratio and body mass index are associated with higher levels of fertility.
Scientists test whether a feminine, glowing face is really evidence of physical health.
Psychologists find that being near animals can change what we find attractive in a partner.
Does sexual intimacy with a former partner help or hinder your recovery from a breakup?
Is you sex life impacted by a poor sense of smell?
Psychologists investigate the link between beauty and wedding-ring expenditure.
How the type of man a woman finds most attractive changes during pregnancy
Researchers reveal the six types of people who consider themselves straight, but have flings with same-gender partners.
Many of us often find a relationship with a big age difference to be off-putting, even when that relationship doesn't involve us! New research seeks to find out why.
Women often say they are seeking a man with a good sense of humor, but does it matter what kind of humor?
Are "hook-up" apps more appealing to men than women? Scientists have investigated whether gender or a desire for short-term relationships best explains our online dating behavior.
Many psychologists have found that their much-hyped research findings are difficult to repeat. Let's look at some recent examples from the psychology of attraction.
Psychologists have analyzed the clothing color choices of men and women on a reality TV dating show.
Are people who are distracted by attractive others more likely to cheat?
Do we prefer to stick with a partner or look for someone new?
What is behind the modern phenomenon of disappearing from a loved one's life without a trace, aka "ghosting"?
Romantic partners tend to look alike, but do we only match our lovers in attractiveness? New research suggests that couples may also look like they share personality traits.
Why do our partners sometimes show affection when they don't feel it?
Are men who hold traditional ideas of masculine honor more likely to respond aggressively to romantic rejection?
Sexual assault and other forms of sexual coercion may be associated with impulsivity. But are all impulsive men prone to coerce?
Students are taught to "just say no" to unwanted sex. But how do young people really navigate consent?
Science reveals one way to never forget a face: judge everyone on their attractiveness.
New research suggests that how we perceive the personality of our leaders is colored by our own politics.
Is adolescent bullying motivated by sexual desire?
New research suggests that our relationship quality is better if we empathize with our partner’s negative and positive feelings.
Why are some people more jealous than others? New research suggests that many of us have distinctly Freudian motives.
How do we decide to stay with or leave a partner we discover is cheating on us?
Robert Burriss, Ph.D., is an evolutionary psychologist at Basel University in Switzerland. He produces The Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast.