Although plural marriages are illegal in the U.S. and many westernized countries, they are legal in over 850 different societies,1 and consensual non-monogamy (e.g., open marriage à la Newt Gingrich, polyamory, swinging, and other sorts of arrangements) are becoming increasingly … [Read more...] about Big Love for Everyone: Loving and Committing to More than One Romantic Partner
For as long as I can remember, I wanted to meet the “right” guy and be a mother. The question was, “when?” You see, I also had goals to go to graduate school and get a job as a professor at a university. Sadly, these goals are oftentimes incompatible for anyone in the workforce … [Read more...] about Ticking Biological Clocks and Career Aspirations: Managing Incompatible Goals
A reader recently posted a question asking how they can better equalize the power in their relationship. To paraphrase Bertrand Russell, power is fundamental in the social sciences, much like energy is for physics. Despite its importance, psychologists still grapple with what … [Read more...] about How Do I Equalize Power in My Relationship?
In Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series, Bella offers to give up her human life to become a vampire in order be with her 104-year-old vampire boyfriend, Edward, forever. This ultimate sacrifice, driven by “true love,” is only one of many types of sacrifices that people make on an … [Read more...] about “I Would Die for Ya Baby”: Why People Make Sacrifices for Their Relationships
We've created a “Desperate Measures Award” for the Summer of 2012. This award will be given to an individual who has demonstrated the most desperate measure(s) to obtain or retain a relationship, whether it be a working relationship, a friendship, a family … [Read more...] about Desperate Measures Award: Summer 2012