Although certainly not for everyone, individuals often remain in contact with former partners after a break-up. But what ramifications does continued contact with an ex have when one or both individuals find themselves in a new romantic relationship? In one recent study the … [Read more...] about Keeping the Flame Alive: Motivations for Staying Connected with Ex-Partners
Consuming alcohol can both benefit and harm romantic relationships. For example, drinking can be a way for couple members to connect—perhaps over a bottle of wine—and share their week. However, if someone believes their partner drinks too much, it can strain the relationship. … [Read more...] about Is Your Partner Drinking Your Relationship to Death? Drinking Problems and Relationship Problems
What comes to mind when you think about your most important goals in life? Finding the perfect person to marry? Having children? Finding the best job or career path? When people make mistakes in pursuit of these goals, the pain of opportunities lost likely leads to regret. Regret … [Read more...] about Regrets: What Hurts the Most?
Gurit Birnbaum presented research on how a partner’s responsiveness (in other words, their emotional availability and supportiveness) influences a person’s desire for sex with them during a first impression, and how this differs based on attachment style and gender. For men, the … [Read more...] about Responsiveness and Desire for Sex: The Goldilocks Phenomenon
We love our friends and we want the best for them. But what do we do when our friends are dating losers, jerks, Charlie Sheen, or just someone who is not good enough for them? Do we try to affect the ultimate outcome of the relationship, or do we support them regardless of their … [Read more...] about What to Do When Your Friends Date Jerks