Posts from The Science of Love

Why Women with Low Self-Esteem Try Harder in Relationships

How much effort you put forth in your dating relationships may have more to say about how much you like yourself rather than how much you like your partner. A recent study out of the UK suggests that self-esteem (or the lack thereof) may play a large role in how hard we work to maintain […]

What You Don’t Know About Women and ‘Bad Boys’

Marriage and family therapist Sarah Schmermund is back to reveal some interesting information about the role hormones play in a woman’s attraction to bad boys. Who knew!? It’s long been wondered why women prefer ‘bad boys.’ Sure, they might be sexy, handsome, and rebellious, but their lack of interest in being in a relationship means they […]

How Your Teen Past Affects Your Romantic Future

A person’s life at home in their teenage years can have drastic effects on the way they form and maintain their relationships later in life. What can you find out about a person’s relationship tendencies by asking about their life at home when they were young? Read here to find out.

Love in the Time of Algorithms: How Online Dating has Changed Our Lives

In his eye-opening new book, Love in the Time of Algorithms, journalist Dan Slater takes an in-depth look at the online dating industry, its history and what this technology means for how people approach relationships. I got the chance to have a quick chat with him about what he uncovered during the process of researching and writing the […]

How a Love Song Can Increase Your Chances of Getting a Date

You might think songs about love and romance are mainly enjoyed by people in romantic relationship. But what about single people? New research has shown that just listening to love songs can alter your outlook on dating. Read here to find out more.

Dating Do: Eye Contact!

You notice an attractive stranger from across the room laughing while reading the paper. You take note of their beautiful smile and thick dark locks. At that moment the stranger looks up from the paper and you make eye contact. You feel sparks begin to fly. The gaze of attraction is no small thing. In […]

Are You Hiding Behind Your Cell Phone?

Today’s guest post is from Jennifer Sams of Divine Caroline , who explores the possibility that many of us are addicted to our cell phones. I just wonder how many missed opportunities there have been while we looked down at the phone instead of making eye contact or connecting with others. It’s hard enough to approach someone you […]

Seven Ways to Let a Date Down Easy

Letting someone down can be difficult. You want to be clear that you are not interested, but at the same it is important to 1) be respectful to the other person and 2) be consistent with your own personal image of yourself (e.g., that you are a nice or honest person) (Dillard, 1997).  Are there ways […]

The Trouble with In-laws…(Holiday Edition!)

There is no escaping the fact that this is the time of year when many are subjected to the scrutiny of others on how we host, cook, plan, decorate, etc. The biggest offender of this scrutiny is quite possibly our in-laws. According to a study in her book, What Do You Want From Me?, psychologist […]

Living Together Before Marriage: Relationship Killer or Not?

eHarmony researcher Lindsay Henry reveals whether or not living together before marriage will doom or improve a relationship. You might be enticed with all the qualities that living together might bring to the relationship. Living together can offer you an opportunity to save money on rent, spend less time commuting back and forth, and gives you ability to […]

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