What are the odds, from 0 to 100%, that someone will break your heart within the next five years? How did you answer this question? Maybe you thought about your past relationship experiences, or the person you’re dating right now. Maybe you thought about relevant statistics, … [Read more...] about Can Random Numbers Affect Our Relationship Judgements? Yes…If We Like What They Imply
Self-control: it’s a skill that most of us wish we had a lot more of. Yet, every once and a while, you meet a person who has a seemingly mystical ability to make themselves do things they ought to do, and resist the urge to do things they ought not to do. It’s that person who … [Read more...] about The Problem with (How we Treat) Highly Disciplined People
If someone asked me to pick the most influential finding that has come out of relationship science to date, I’d say it’s this: relationships matter for health. In 1988, House and colleagues published their classic research paper showing that social isolation is a powerful … [Read more...] about How Do Romantic Relationships Get Under The Skin? Perceived Partner Responsiveness Predicts Cortisol Profiles 10 Years Later
Insecurities: we’ve all got a few. They’re those intrusive thoughts people have about mistakes they might have made, flaws they might have, and negative opinions that others might have about them. Insecurities can be frustratingly persistent, and they can really interfere with … [Read more...] about Expressing Your Insecurities to Your Partner Can Actually Create More Insecurities. Here’s Why.
My husband and I got hitched this past June, which I can honestly say was one of the happiest and most transcendent experiences of my life. However, we both agree that whereas the wedding was awesome, the wedding planning process was decidedly not awesome. Navigating the wedding … [Read more...] about Diamonds Aren’t Forever: Expensive Rings and Weddings May Lead to Relationship Problems