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Why Online Dating is Heaven—and Hell

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The number of options in online dating can make people more rejecting, dissatisfied, and pessimistic about love.

Do You Want to be in a Relationship Right Now?

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People differ in the degree to which they desire to be in a close relationship, and these differences are related to how they think about current and future relationship partners.

Foodie Calls: Who Dates for Free Food?

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Nearly a third of women—particularly those with narcissistic, Machiavellian, and psychopathic traits—have dated someone just for a free meal.

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.

Maintaining Close Relationships During a Pandemic

Stressful times, feelings of uncertainty, and physical confinement can create conflict and tension in close relationships.

Keeping Score in a Relationship is a Recipe for Conflict and Dissatisfaction

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When people monitor their romantic relationship to see whether their partner reciprocates the nice things they do, conflicts have a greater impact on how close they feel to their partner.

When Forgiveness is Hard, Spend More Time Together

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Forgiveness may be a key to relationship happiness, but shared quality time seems to be a key to forgiveness.