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Does Your Everyday Conversation Predict if You’re Headed for a Breakup?

When doubts about a relationship start to creep in, people don’t just blurt them out. They might not want to worry their partner and figure they’ll ride out what could just be a rough patch. They probably think they can...

/ February 26, 2021

Should I stay or should I go? Here are the relationship factors people ponder when deciding whether to break up

Where do you see yourself in five years? It’s a standard job interview question, but it’s an even better question to ask yourself about your relationship. The person you talk to, date, move in with, get engaged to, marry, break...

/ February 18, 2021

7 research-based resolutions that will help strengthen your relationship in the year ahead

The new year is going to be better. It has to be better. Maybe you’re one of the 74% of Americans in one survey who said they planned on hitting the reset button on Jan. 1 and resolving to improve....

/ January 7, 2021

Stella Immanuel’s theories about the relationship between demons, illness and sex have a long history

President Donald Trump has a new favorite doctor. On July 27, the president and his son Donald Trump, Jr. tweeted a viral video featuring Dr. Stella Immanuel, in which the Houston pediatrician rejected the effectiveness of wearing face masks for...

/ August 4, 2020

Dating over Zoom? Don’t be surprised if those online sparks fizzle in person

For those dipping their toes into the dating pool during stay-at-home orders, it’s been like swimming in a version of Netflix’s reality series “Love is Blind.” In the show, contestants must get engaged before ever actually meeting one another in...

Porn use is up, thanks to the pandemic

Across the globe, the coronavirus pandemic is affecting almost all aspects of daily life. Travel is down; jobless claims are up; and small businesses are struggling. But not all businesses are experiencing a downturn. The world’s largest pornography website, Pornhub,...

Isolating together is challenging – and relationship stresses can affect biological functioning

In the wake of COVID-19 social distancing and stay-at-home orders, young couples may find themselves spending more time with each other than ever before. As a developmental psychologist who conducts research on adolescent and young adult relationships, I’m interested in...

How to listen to your loved ones with empathy when you yourself are feeling the strain of social distancing

COVID-19 has revealed a great many things about our world, including the vulnerabilities inherent in our economic, health care and educational institutions. The pandemic and the resulting orders to shelter in place have also uncovered vulnerabilities in our relationships with...