In life there’s hardly anything as difficult as going it alone; having someone to lean on can make even the bitterest of life’s blows tolerable. Research even suggests that relationships are as vital to our health as good nutrition and regular exercise, perhaps more so (see: health benefits of relationships).
Human relationships have an incredible complexity and variety which psychologists have only just begun to fathom. The posts collected below examine some of the emerging aspects of research on the psychology of relationships.
Starting new relationships
- Getting Closer: The Art of Self-Disclosure
- Internet Dating 1.0 is Unsatisfying and Aversive – Welcome to 2.0
- Why Familiarity Really Does Breed Contempt
- Friendships Can Depend on Who You Meet First
- The Psychology of Internet Dating
- Reasons For Online Dating Vary Widely
- Speed Dating is Survival of the Hottest
- The Hidden Purpose of Chat-up Lines
- Women’s Makeup Draws 33% More Men
- Why Men Prefer Direct Pick-Up Lines
- Empathy Causes Facial Similarity Between Couples to Increase Over Time
- Is Marriage Dying? No. (Well, Probably Not)
- Objects in the Home Reflect Your Relationship
- How ‘Naive Cynicism’ May Poison Your Relationships
- Kissing Secrets: Why Men Prefer More Saliva (And Other Revelations)
The end of the relationship?
- Your Partner Has Been Unfaithful. The Question is Why?
- People ‘Playing the Field’ More Angry At Infidelity
- Seven Signs of Relationship (Dis)Satisfaction
- Parental Relationships After Divorce: From ‘Perfect Pals’ to ‘Fiery Foes’