My friend Monika recently shared a concern that her sex play with her boyfriend has been spilling over into other areas of her life. Several months ago, her boyfriend requested that she take on a sadistic, dominatrix-like role in their sexual relationship. Sadomasochism (S&M) … [Read more...] about S&M: No Pain, No (Relationship) Gain?
Imagine that you get a great job offer, complete with an excellent salary, flexible hours and numerous promotion opportunities. The only problem is that this job offer is in a city far away from where you and your partner currently live. Thus, your partner has to choose whether … [Read more...] about The Things You Do for Me: How Your Partner’s Investments Make You More Committed
How do you know if your relationship is built to last? Maybe you’ve been there—you meet someone, you fall hard, everything seems to be going so well, and then, like a failing EKG on House, things slowly...die. You see each other less. Texts linger unreturned. If you’re lucky, … [Read more...] about Do You Two Have Staying Power? Take the Relationship Quiz!
I study romantic relationships. I’m also engaged. So, of course, I’ve given a tremendous amount of thought as to what it really means for my partner and I to marry one another. Researchers have found that weddings are deeply significant life events, but we don’t really know why … [Read more...] about Getting Married? Love Science? Here are Our Ten Research-Based Wedding Vows
There is a common assumption that men and women are very different and perhaps originate from different planets. Although the “males and females are fundamentally different” narrative may be the prevailing opinion, it is science’s duty to determine whether these ideas are common … [Read more...] about Men’s and Women’s (Not So) Different Attitudes about Romance and Sex