Evolutionary psychology explain a critical gender difference in jealousy responses. Men have more to gain from sex with multiple partners so they respond by looking for someone new. Women have more to gain from keeping their partner committed so they respond by enhancing themselves and the relationship.
The Ten Commandments direct attention to qualities that should be avoided. Given the powerful influence of language on our lives, we might consider re-framing these negative statements into positives. For example, "Thou shall not commit adultery" might yield better outcomes if changed to "I will be faithful to my spouse."
Intimate partners impact our well being in a tremendous way. It’s essential that these relations are healthy and satisfying. In this article, I describe ways to improve an existing partnership or decide whether it’s time to move on.
Some people love the holidays. They immerse themselves in all the season has to offer. Other people dread this time of year and struggle to find the perfect gift. For those who need help, I outline quick tips to make the gift selection process more enjoyable.
Five recommendations for people looking for a satisfying and long-term relationship: 1) work on yourself first; 2) find a similar partner; 3) avoid early relationship pitfalls; 4) balance independence with interdependence; 5) when the time is right, put the relationship’s needs first.
Rituals serve numerous positive functions for couples and families. Familiar patterns, such as sitting down for a meal together, provide predictability and stability when things are chaotic and stressful. Rituals can also facilitate transitions such as when partners become parents, when children enter preschool, or when family members become ill or pass away.
Athletes perform better when in love, such as the case with Tiger Woods and Lindsay Vonn. Being in love is characterized by intense passion, increased energy, and obsessive thoughts, which parallels the qualities experienced by high performance athletes. Given the overlap, do athletes perform better or worse when in love?