Explaining love

In these posts, we explore the concept of love. What is love, and how do the components of intimacy, passion and commitment influence the love we feel for someone else? How do our dreams, hopes and narratives influence what kind of partner and love we search for?

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What Really Matters for Relationship Satisfaction (Hint: It’s Not What You Think)

Sometime back, I did a study with a graduate student of mine, Michael Barnes, on the role of ideals in relationships. Ideals are what you would like your relationship to be, if it were “perfect” – your dream relationship with a partner. Although we expected ideals to be important, we had no idea how important

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The 5 Questions You Must Ask to Assess Your Relationship

It’s impossible to know what your partner really feels for you. And yet, many of us grind ourselves up trying to figure out the “true” feelings of our partner. Since you can’t know for sure what your significant other is thinking or feeling, what can you do to figure out if your relationship is on

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Identify and break free from toxic relationship patterns

Navigating relationships isn’t always a walk in the park. We’ve all grappled with the complexities of love, leaving us scratching our heads wondering “What went wrong?” While all relationships are unique, just as we as individuals are unique, there are some common toxic relationship patterns that can be observed in struggling relationships. These behavior patterns

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