“Hooking up” has become a catch-all phrase in our culture to describe casual romantic or sexual activity. Despite the pervasiveness of the phrase, however, no one (lay people or relationship scientists) has a solid, agreed-upon definition for exactly what it is. What specifically … [Read more...] about “Hooking Up” – What is it Exactly?
I saw a symposium of researchers who used attachment theory to explain differences in sexual behavior. In general, people high on attachment anxiety or avoidance (in other words, more insecure folks) have less satisfying sexual experiences. Jennifer Pink found that anxious … [Read more...] about How Does Your Attachment Influence Your Sexual Relationships?
Greetings from The Windy City. Many of us at Science of Relationships are part of an organization known as the International Association for Relationships Research (IARR), which is a community of scholars who study relationships. Every 2 years, IARR holds a conference that unites … [Read more...] about Coming to You Live from Chicago, it’s IARR!
A newly released biography of Barack Obama by David Maraniss has drawn attention (see coverage here and here) to the president’s past. There’s nothing necessarily scandalous in the book, but it does focus on the relationships Obama had before he met Michelle. As a relationship … [Read more...] about Was Barack Obama “Avoidant” in His Youth?
Those who know me best understand that I am a deeply philosophical person. One of my favorite topics in the science of relationships is an existential paradox, or what Dr. Brooke Feeney calls “The Dependency Paradox.”1 As I described in a previous post, humans have a … [Read more...] about The Dependency Paradox