Category Archives: Hot Topics

{FD} 15 Questions to Determine if Your Relationship is Hall of Fame Material or a Strikeout

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Relationship science can weigh in on whether you’re with a winner.

Gary W. Lewandowski Jr., Monmouth University
Decisions are a part of life. At various times you may need to choose the best vacation spot, job candidate, babysitter,… Continue reading

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{FD} Explaining Royal Love: Prince Harry and the Allure of Implicit Egotism

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By Sadie Leder-Elder Ph.D. – High Point University

A few years back I wrote a post about one of my favorite laws of attraction, implicit egotism (see here for more).  Although you may never have heard it by name, the chances are… Continue reading

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{FD} 50 Playful Dates to Keep the Novelty Alive in Your Relationship

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A recent discussion in my Psychology of Close Relationships class probed the topic of how relationships transition from hot and heavy to more comfortable and emotionally intimate. As you can imagine, this isn’t always welcome news to an undergr… Continue reading

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{FD} Post-Divorce Dating and Relationships

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Unfortunately, every romantic relationship does not end happily ever after. For a myriad of reasons, after people get married the romantic love they feel towards their partners often decreases.1 As a result, those relationships could end in divo… Continue reading

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{FD} Your Ideal Marriage Partner: Intelligence Edition

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One of the great things about being a relationship scientist is that you get to ask interesting questions and find out the answers to those questions. One question that has always intrigued me is whether people want a smart partner, and if so, how sm… Continue reading

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{FD} Why You Should Date Your Best Friend

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Being someone’s BFF is a big deal – you don’t hand over the other half of your “Best Friends” necklace to just anyone. Having a romantic partner who is also your best friend potentially sounds perfect. With your BFF as y… Continue reading

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{FD} Flower Power: How Flowers Influence Relationship Choices

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“Roses are red, violets are blue; when I’m around flowers I’m more attracted to you!” 

Whether it’s red roses for Valentine’s Day or a bouquet of fresh-cut flowers as a bride walks down the aisle, flowers are… Continue reading

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{FD} A Kiss is More than Just a Kiss

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Whereas kissing is commonly perceived as a display of affection in romantic relationships, research highlights a far more nuanced explanation regarding the “function” of kissing within relationships.1 Some research suggests that kissing e… Continue reading

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{FD} Sex Differences in Kissing: A Quick Review

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Studies have shown that women place greater importance on kissing than do men. Females are more likely to use kissing “…as a means of initiating, maintaining, and monitoring the current status of their relationship with a long-term partne… Continue reading

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