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The Social Psychology of Attraction and Romantic Relationships
Madeleine A. Fugère Ph.D.
Identifying key risk factors for depression can help prevent it.
Intriguing gender differences in behavior and intimacy both during and after affairs.
Individuals who more strongly suspect a partner's infidelity report more feelings of depression, more physical health symptoms, and more risky health behaviors.
Secrets can impair self-regard, feelings of authenticity, and relationships.
Unmet sexual ideals, the potential consequences for long-term relationships, and the one quality which could ameliorate these effects.
What prevents you from exploring a new romantic connection? Consider these research-based reasons to abandon fear and take a chance on love.
Which factors are and are not reliably associated with feelings of sexual desire? New research has some answers.
We may not anticipate the reasons that ultimately influence our decisions.
Dysfunctional responses to conflict observed in our families may predispose us to engage in those same negative conflict behaviors and to disrupt our current relationships.
New research shows that when primed with sexual stimuli, both men and women lie to potential new partners in order to make themselves seem more similar and more desirable.
Loneliness, social isolation, or an unfulfilling relationship may make us more likely to feel sexual nostalgia for our past relationship partners.
New research suggests that relationship characteristics are more important than either an individual’s or their partner’s traits when it comes to predicting relationship quality.
New research suggests that couples' overall levels of sexual desire have a greater impact on their relationship and sexual satisfaction than matching one another in sexual desire.
Ovulatory shifts prompt changes in women’s perceptions of their relationship quality, depending in large part on the sexual desirability of their male partners.
A new study highlights the potential role of partner responsiveness.
Dogs’ responses to familiar humans as well as humans’ responses to their romantic partners involve activation in the caudate nucleus, an area of the brain signaling rewards.
Your psychological immune system has a powerful influence over your emotional well-being.
Women's sex drives differ from men's in three important ways.
New research suggests that projection of one’s own sexual interest, and one's sociosexual orientation, explain why men overestimate and women underestimate sexual interest.
If you are searching for a relationship partner, or currently in a relationship, is it in your best interest to maintain high standards or to relax your ideals?
Feminism promotes a more positive body image, more positive attitudes towards sex, and more satisfying sexual relationships.
Dating apps are the most common way for couples to meet in the U.S. Although using dating apps may make it easier to meet new partners, they may also make it harder to find love.
It is natural to assume that both partners' sexual experiences strongly impact relationship duration and satisfaction. However, research on sexual experience suggests otherwise.
New research shows that declines in women's sexual desire over time predicts declining marital satisfaction for both members of a couple.
Power is strongly associated with sex and can have both beneficial and detrimental effects on our relationships.
Some of the same factors associated with beginning a relationship may also have a role in ending one.
It may be useful for women to recognize when they are attracted to men who are unlikely to remain in long-lasting partnerships.
Unconscious forces shape your long-term romantic relationship in some very surprising ways.
At the start of a relationship, it is difficult to tell what path a couple will follow—but some factors can help determine whether the connection will last.
Have you ever found yourself falling for someone surprising? Learn the good reasons why we can't predict who we will fall for.
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.