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A scientific look at the complexities of romantic relationships
Theresa E DiDonato Ph.D.
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.
Emma Watson’s British Vogue interview is catching our attention with her rebranding of being single. Should self-partnered be the new way we refer to single people?
Infidelity can wreak havoc. Why, then, do people cheat? Research suggests that motivations lie in the self, the relationship, and the situation.
What is it like to look for romantic connection as a bisexual person today?
Where have all the "good men" gone? New research suggests economic differences between unmarried women and available men.
Why do people stay in unsatisfying relationships when they could find something better?
Relationships with a break-up history are decidedly different from other relationships.
Are "foodie calls" a new type of romantic dating deception?
Relationship comparisons tend to be materialize differently for happy couples than unhappy couples. What do yours say about you?
Are you in love or is it something else?
How important is passion for a relationship to last? Whether low passion is diagnostic of trouble might depend on your beliefs.
A growing body of research suggests that some relationship troubles can be fixed by a good night's sleep.
What role does age play in shaping romantic attraction?
To what extent is your relationship happiness a function of your genes?
New research suggests there can be too much of a good thing when it comes to desirable partner qualities.
Thinking your partner is having unfaithful thoughts may be a reflection of your own extra-dyadic interests.
Would you want a smart speaker that could predict your relationship's stability?
People think about breaking up with their partners, but sometimes don't for reasons that have little to do with their own relationship happiness.
There is such a thing as break-up season.
The dark side of online dating: It can create a habit hard to break.
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Theresa DiDonato, Ph.D., is a social psychologist and an assistant professor at Loyola University Maryland.