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Are Your Close Friendships Harming Your Romantic Relationship?

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Having your psychological needs met by people other than your partner is great for your well-being but can be problematic for your relationship.

If They’re Happy, I’m Happy: Why Being Agreeable Increases Relationship Satisfaction

Ever wonder the justification behind the saying, “If they’re happy, then I’m happy?” How about the saying, “Happy wife, happy life?” Are these statements really true, and if they are, to what extent and why?

Why “Just Go For It” is Bad Dating Advice

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People underestimate how uncomfortable their unwanted romantic advances can make the person on the receiving end.

Can Being a Good Storyteller Lead to Love?

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By Melanie Green

Everyone loves a good story, but can a good story lead to love?

Think You Love Your Valentine? What’s Beneath the Surface may Be More Complicated

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Valentine cards are filled with expressions of unequivocal adoration and appreciation. That’s fitting for the holiday set aside to express love and reaffirm commitment to one’s romantic partner.

But what if there’s more going on below the surface of these adoring declarations? How might thoughts and feelings that people are not even aware of shape their romantic relationships?

The Relationship Implications of Rejecting a Partner for Sex Kindly Versus Having Sex Reluctantly

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Romantic couples often find themselves in situations in which partners have discrepant levels of sexual desire, and research shows that conflicts of interest about sex predict negative relationship outcomes and are among the most difficult types of relationship issues to resolve.

The Skills that Make Us a Good Partner Make Us a Good Parent

Being a good partner may make you a better parent, according to a new study. The same set of skills that we tap to be caring toward our partners is what we use to nurture our children, researchers found.
 
The study sought to examine how caregiving plays out in families – "how one relationship affects another relationship,” says Abigail Millings of the University of Bristol, lead author of the work published online this week in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.