Falling in love is the easy part. The challenge for couples is how to rekindle the fires of romance from time to time and cultivate the mature, trusting love that is the hallmark of a lasting relationship.
Romantic love has been called a “natural addiction” because it activates the brain’s reward center -- notably the dopamine pathways associated with drug addiction, alcohol and gambling
Even though most people keep their sex lives private, we do know quite a bit about people's sex habits. The data come from a variety of sources,
Men and women can train themselves to protect their relationships and raise their feelings of commitment.
In any given year about 10 percent of married people —12 percent of men and 7 percent of women — say they have had sex outside their marriage.
In one survey, psychologists at the University of Vermont asked 349 men and women in committed relationships about sexual fantasies.
Men and women can develop coping strategies to stay faithful to a partner.
We all know that sometimes the more you try to resist something -- like ice cream or a cigarette -- the more you crave it. Relationship researchers say the same principle can influence a person who sees a man or woman who is interested in them
cientists speculate that your level of commitment may depend on how much a partner enhances your life and broadens your horizons — a concept that Dr. Aron, the Stony Brook psychology professor, calls “self-expansion.
To measure this quality, couples are asked a series of questions: How much does your partner provide a source of exciting experiences? How much has knowing your partner made you a better person? How much do you see your partner as a way to expand your own capabilities?
Healthy relationships tend to be fairly well balanced. You might equally share finances, or balance out a lower income by running more errands.