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Saturday
Oct132012

An Apology...Psychologist Style

Friday
Oct122012

After The Rebound… What Next?

Q: How likely is it that a rebound relationship (one where your lover dumps you and then gets with someone else immediately) will last? Also, how likely is it for two people who were once lovers to get back together, particularly after seeing/being with other people?

Thank you for these two interesting questions! I’m going to answer them one at a time.

1. How likely is it that a rebound relationship will last?

That really depends on two factors: the quality of the rebound relationship, and the strength of the rebounder’s attachment to their ex...

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Wednesday
Oct102012

Body and Mind: How Seemingly Unrelated Physical Experiences Affect Our Relationships

What if I told you that simply holding a cup of hot coffee leads you to perceive others more positively?  Seems like crazy talk, right? Well, it may not be so crazy after all.

Embodied cognition (also called embodiment) is an emerging research area in psychology. Embodiment is the theory that there is a strong association between physical experiences and psychological states.

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Monday
Oct082012

Drafting a New Relationship Blueprint

Last weekend, I went on a road trip with The Consultant. I was nervous, as we hadn’t been sexually intimate with each other since our first, failed attempt several weeks ago. A weekend away together pretty much guaranteed that we would try again. We have hung out a few times since that frustrating night, but I have made myself conveniently busy to give myself some time to process the new, more intimate direction of our relationship. He was patient and persistent, so when he invited me to spend the weekend away with him, I accepted.

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Sunday
Oct072012

Dear Rihanna: Are You Really Still Committed To Him?

Wouldn't you know it? October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the interwebs are all-a-flutter with rumors that Rihanna and Chris Brown might be an item again. Even Oprah Winfrey has chimed in on the issue. We'll save discussion of whether Rihanna's apparent forgiveness of Brown is a good or bad thing for a later post (here's a hint: probably not so good). In the meantime, we thought news of their relationship rekindling was the perfect time to rerun one of our classic articles regarding why vicitims of relationship abuse often return to their abusers...

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Sunday
Oct072012

There's Nothing Stronger than Love, Except...

source: weknowmemes.com

Saturday
Oct062012

Booty Call? Don't Get Juiced

Was that a booty call? Or are they friends with benefits. Click here to learn the difference.

Saturday
Oct062012

Week in Review: 30 September - 6 October 2012

Friday
Oct052012

“Tulizana!”: Taming Sexual Networks in Tanzania

There has been a lot of talk in the American media recently about a perhaps more “evolved” form of love in which people have open or multiple relationships—polyamory. Tanzanians have a history of this practice through polygynous practices (having multiple wives), which is rooted in the Bantu tradition. In fact, polygyny is permitted for up to 4 wives in Tanzania, with the permission of the first wife.

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Friday
Oct052012

The Science of Sensitive Scientists

Sensitive Scientists Report 5 In 5 Women 
Don't Know How Beautiful They Are

You know your field has hit the big time when the Onion has fun with relationship science.

Thursday
Oct042012

One Million Strong and Growing

Today we passed the milestone of ONE MILLION hits to our site since we started this project in the spring of 2011. Thanks for all of your support, and please keep sharing the love by posting your favorite articles on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pintrest, etc.

Wednesday
Oct032012

You Are Who You Date 

It’s no secret that people like to see themselves positively. Decades of research indicates that people go to great lengths to accentuate their positive qualities and downplay their flaws. But what happens when an attractive potential partner has those flaws? In a recent pair of studies published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, researchers Erica Slotter and Wendi Gardner hypothesized that when people are attracted to flawed potential partners, their romantic desires may motivate them to adopt those flaws themselves. The authors cited the example of Sandy Olsson from Grease, who (spoiler alert?) decides to give up her squeaky clean, goodie-two-shoes image in an effort to win over her “greaser” love interest, Danny Zuko.

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Tuesday
Oct022012

How Thoughtful Are You about Your Relationship Decisions?

There are lots of decisions to make when you’re in a relationship. Some are mundane: what to eat for dinner, which movie to go see, or where to go on vacation. Other decisions are more important for the development of the relationship: when to say I love you, when to have sex, whether to move in together, and whether to have children.

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Monday
Oct012012

Breaking Up Bad: The Best and Worst Ways to Break Up

Many of us, at one point or another, have experienced a breakup. Sometimes breakups are mutual, but more often they are not.1 Further, breakup initiators (the one doing the dumping) have an assortment of strategies—like the classic “it’s not you, it’s me” line, or the dreaded Facebook relationship status change—to choose from when dumping their former darlings.

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Sunday
Sep302012

Stars Love ScienceOfRelationships.com, Part Deux

The ScienceOfRelationships.com creative team has just wrapped-up working with some of your favorite stars (see the previous batch of work here). If you have an idea for an interesting graphic, please let us know!

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Sunday
Sep302012

The Tunnel of Just Friends

See our recent article on men, women, and "just being friends" here.

(source unknown...please drop us a line if you know where this is originally from)

Saturday
Sep292012

Keeping Track Of Orgasms: The (Missing) Chart

Saturday
Sep292012

Week in Review: 23-29 September 2012

Friday
Sep282012

The Proper Way to Sacrifice in Your Relationship

"Sacrificing your happiness for the happiness of the one you love, is by far, the truest type of love." This famous quotation says it all: Making sacrifices, whether big or small, is a crucial ingredient of successful relationships. Unfortunately, making sacrifices for our partners or our relationships doesn’t always feel good. Compromising one’s goals and desires can sometimes bring about anger, sadness, and resentment. People cope with these emotions in different ways: While some people openly express their feelings, others choose to hide their feelings from their partners. Who’s right? What is the better way to cope with not-so-good feelings that can come with making a sacrifice?

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Thursday
Sep272012

“We Can Still Be Friends”: Six Ways You Can Stay Friends After a Breakup

Unlike Jerry and Elaine in the classic TV sitcom Seinfeld, or Ted and Robin in How I Met Your Mother, it isn’t easy for ex-romantic partners to remain friends. Think about it…how many of your exes are still friends of yours? Half of them? 25%? If you’re like me, the answer is more likely zero, nil, nada, zilch.

Even if your ex assured you that “it’s not you, it’s me,” breakups are still upsetting. Because of this, it may not surprise you that about 60% of ex-partners do not have contact with one another post-breakup. However, some exes do keep in touch and even become friends after the breakup. In fact, there are several situations in which post-dissolution friendships are more likely.

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