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A scientific look at the complexities of romantic relationships
Theresa E. DiDonato Ph.D.
What makes an on-again/off-again relationship different from one that has never experienced a breakup?
If you don't feel like your partner respects you, is it because of you or what you've done, or could they be a narcissist?
Simone Biles stepped away from competing at the Olympics. What lessons can we learn from her when it comes to staying in unhappy relationships?
Why are Bill and Melinda Gates divorcing? Wealth has an interesting role in marriage and self-growth.
Why do people gravitate to romantic partners who are different from them in age? What questions should you consider if you want an age-gap relationship to thrive?
Extreme readiness to fall in love may increase the risk of unhealthy relationships.
"Revenge bedtime procrastination," which allows people to "get back" at their leisure-free days, may be on the rise and could be detrimental to romantic relationships.
Catfishing doesn't always involve financial scams—and it's more common than you think.
You'd be surprised by the traits that are most important in effective flirting.
How do you know if you're in love?
Dreams might seem benign, but they may alter your relationship experiences.
How do you move from strangers to something more?
Cohabitation is normative now. Is it still associated with divorce?
2. Make your phone an asset, not a liability.
An often overlooked trait may be critically important for healthy relationships.
Living through a pandemic may bring some couples closer together.
The numbers reveal the pandemic's toll on relationships.
Some traits make couples more susceptible to pandemic-induced instability.
What Tinder type are you?
Relationship stability is a key question: Why do people really break up?
Stalking is a problematic response to a surprisingly common problem.
For some relationships, high satisfaction is stable; for others, it declines over time. Which trajectory does your relationship follow?
How do you know if you're falling out of love? Certain themes are common among those who know it's over.
Surprisingly friendly strangers might be tuned into something profoundly important for psychological health.
Humans are innately driven to socialize, so what does this mean for social distancing?
Relationships require investment and energy. What happens if all your energy goes to your work?
Restless in your relationship? Maybe it's the seven-year itch.
Do you know the difference between ghosting, haunting, zombie-ing, and breadcrumbing?
How important are New Year’s Eve plans for relationships? Why all the fuss?
When it comes to love, do you gravitate to the same kind of person over and over again? New research may have the answer.
Theresa DiDonato, Ph.D., is a social psychologist and a professor of psychology at Loyola University Maryland.