How to Cope When Your Spouse Embarrasses You

Michele Phillips and her husband, Gary Wadds, were hanging out on the porch with friends one evening in Piermont, N.Y., when the talk turned to hiking. One person mentioned a local trail, another raved about her new hiking boots. Then Ms. Phillips ...

Sep 17

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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Studying dating abuse in the Internet age

Non-physical abuse by a dating partner such as threats, controlling behavior and harassing text messages can have a serious effect on a teenager’s health and well-being, finds new research led by a Michigan State University scholar. The study, ...

Sep 17

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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How You Tune Out Your Spouse - and Why

I’m pretty sure my wife asked me to do something this morning. I think it’s important and I know if I don’t do it I will miss a deadline or an appointment or a mortgage payment. Or maybe not. I honestly don’t know, and the reason is simple: ...

Sep 11

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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Your Spouse’s Voice Is Easier to Hear – And Easier to Ignore

With so many other competing voices, having a conversation on a bustling subway or at a crowded cocktail party takes a great deal of concentration. New research suggests that the familiar voice of a spouse stands out against other voices, helping to ...

Sep 2

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Two New Studies on Motives for Monogamy

The golden lion tamarin, a one-pound primate that lives in Brazil, is a stunningly monogamous creature. A male will typically pair with a female and they will stay close for the rest of their lives, mating only with each other and then working ...

Aug 19

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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Marriage rate in US lowest in a century

Fewer women are getting married and they’re waiting longer to tie the knot when they do decide to walk down the aisle. That’s according to a new Family Profile from the National Center for Family and Marriage Research (NCFMR) at Bowling Green ...

Jul 19

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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Sleepless nights can turn lovers into fighters

Relationship problems can keep us awake at night. But new research from UC Berkeley suggests that sleepless nights also can worsen lovers’ fights. UC Berkeley psychologists Amie Gordon and Serena Chen have found that people are much more likely ...

Jul 11

Categories: Relationships & Marriage, Sleep Disorders

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Couples in Conflicts wants Power

The most common thing that couples want from each other during a conflict is not an apology, but a willingness to relinquish power, according to a new Baylor University study. Giving up power comes in many forms, among them giving a partner more ...

Jul 10

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Does marital breakdown have an effect on male offending?

Criminologists have long known that men tend to offend less after they marry. But with almost half of all marriages now ending in divorce, what effect does separation have? Writing in the journal Psychology, Crime & Law, Delphine Theobald and David ...

Jul 9

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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The hack to save your marriage: Eli Finkel

According to Eli Finkel, we’ve changed how we value our personal ...

Jul 1

Categories: Marital Counseling, Relationships & Marriage

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Low Self-Control Promotes Selfless Behavior in Close Relationships

When faced with the choice of sacrificing time and energy for a loved one or taking the self-centered route, people’s first impulse is to think of others, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association ...

Jun 29

Categories: Control Issues, Relationships & Marriage

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How Men and Women Cooperate

Cooperation is essential in any successful romantic relationship, but how men and women experience cooperation emotionally may be quite different, according to new research conducted at the University of Arizona. Ashley Randall, a post-doctoral ...

Jun 27

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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Meeting online leads to happier, more enduring marriages

More than a third of marriages between 2005 and 2012 began online, according to new research at the University of Chicago, which also found that online couples have happier, longer marriages. Although the study did not determine why relationships ...

Jun 6

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The Incredible Dating Power of a Guitar Case

In France there's a psychologist, Professor Nicolas Gueguen, who roams the North-West, asking young women for their telephone numbers—or at least his research assistants and experimental confederates do. This isn't just to boost the national ...

May 24

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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Relationship Troubles? Some Sad Music Might Help You Feel Better

Consumers experiencing relationship problems are more likely to prefer aesthetic experiences that reflect their negative mood, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. “Emotional experiences of aesthetic products are ...

May 15

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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