Category: News Stories

There's still a place for Girl Scouts today

There's still a place for Girl Scouts today
In a noisy media landscape, I caught on to nugget of news like everyone else that the Boy Scouts were going to start admitting girls. While a flurry of coverage was generated, including questions on what this meant for the Girl Scouts, I don’t know that it was as loud as other types of coverage,... Read more »

Random, obvious lessons from Taylor Swift's breakups

Random, obvious lessons from Taylor Swift's breakups
I’ll admit that although I am not a committed Taylor Swift fan, there are a couple of truths I won’t ignore: (1) some of her music is pretty darn catchy and it’s so easy to get stuck in your head and (2) she’s so present in pop culture that it’s hard NOT to follow her.... Read more »

Five relationship insights backed by studies

<b>Varying political views can affect relationships:</b>

<p> According to a study published in the journal Social Psychology and Personality Science, and authored by academics William Chopik and Matt Motyl, when you’re living with people that have different political views from your own, your ability to accept other perspectives may be affected. Moreover, living with people that share your views may reduce tension and make you happier, but “could be stifling healthy political disclosure.” </p>
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<p> <i>Why it’s logical:</i> Now, if you don’t agree on something as tense as politics, you could SEE how that can naturally cause a whole ton of friction, right? (Especially as polarizing as this election is with these candidates!) And, to add to that, it could be hard to really feel like you can connect and care for someone if you can’t agree on the same things. Even if you only agree to disagree. Otherwise, if you always fought when discussing politics, imagine how bad things can get…<p>

<a href="http://www.deccanchronicle.com/lifestyle/sex-and-relationship/090716/political-differences-may-affect-relationships-study.htm">Read more at Deccan Chronicle</a>
<p><a href="http://socialscience.msu.edu/about-us/news/?p=1507">Read more on MSU's website</a>
I will be the first to freely admit that as a person who writes/analyzes/fusses/theorizes on relationships, I LOVE studies and research on the topic. I mention them often on this site and truth of the matter is, in many cases, sometimes the findings can be insightful if you apply them to a larger context or... Read more »
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Are your personal dating preferences really useful?

Are your personal dating preferences really useful?
So apparently having dating preferences can be helpful when choosing a potential mate… To a point. Now before many of you shake your head and insist that checklists are important, hold on a second. Although I’m a fan of this too, there’s a new study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology to thank for this.... Read more »

What's going on? A sobering reminder from the Dallas shootings

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To People Everywhere: It’s 2016. But yet I feel like I’m some 20 – 30 years behind all this. And I don’t know about you. But it makes angry. Sad. And scared. Dallas is the latest in a LONG string of highly visible, painful and public tragedies over the last several weeks, months, and even... Read more »

Women, men and couple stress: Rutgers relationship study hits home

Women, men and couple stress: Rutgers relationship study hits home
Does an unhappy wife mean an unhappy life? No one ever said relationships would be easy. But then again, both the sweetest and the hardest things in live require you to go through a little bit of work before you can enjoy it or learn from it. I share this logical insight for two reasons:... Read more »
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Could Amanda Bynes Be Smarter Than We Think?

Here’s a random truth for you: I was a huge Amanda Bynes fan once upon a time. Since her early days on Nickeloden, actually. To me she was sort of the female Jim Carrey. Only a girl, pretty and closer in age. But whatever. She was cool. She was funny. And she seemed to anti-Hollywood... Read more »

Why the Manti Te'o Fake Girlfriend Story Can Go Either Way

When it comes to the recent Manti Te’o story, some people want to feel very bad for him… Others can’t help but be convinced he was a part of it because in this day and age, it’s TOO unbelievable that he wouldn’t have done more digging to verify how real she was. (Although there IS... Read more »

What we can learn from Kristen Stewart's public apology

What we can learn from Kristen Stewart's public apology
Here’s a poorly kept relationship secret: sometimes, people cheat. Yes, I know. It sucks, it’s not right nor is it OK, but it happens every now and again. And, even more shocking : it’s not just limited to ordinary folks. But yet, the heated conversations that have set the internet by storm following Kristen Stewart’s revelation... Read more »
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