Dear Researcher, I have been crazy in-love with this guy and I have no idea why! The worst part is that I know he isn’t good for me and our long term-goals aren’t aligned, but for some reason I can’t shake these feelings! I thought there was some evolutionary or biological reason we fall in-love;… Read More


  You can say goodbye to your weekly doctor visits. Love has facilitating mechanisms for beneficial motivation and behavior (Tobias Esch & George B. Stefano, 2005). Falling in love has also been found to increase oxytocin, the “happy hormone,” and decrease stress levels (Tobias Esch & George B. Stefano, 2005). Decreased stress levels mean an… Read More


Dear Abby, My husband and I have been fighting a lot recently. While he generally apologizes, his apologies never seem genuine. Sometimes I think he is apologizing simply so I will forgive him, and has no intention of changing his behavior. Although reluctantly, I do always forgive him and I think he is starting to… Read More


Myth: A relationship’s level of romance remains consistent over time- you will never feel more or less passionate love for your partner than you do right now. Fact: Although many people believe that their passionate feelings toward their partner are static, the reality is, the longer a relationship lasts, the more likely individuals are to… Read More


Dear Researcher, My fiance and I are an interracial couple and although we are very happy and our family approves of our relationship, there are many in society who don’t. I have been reading a lot about lack of relationship satisfaction and commitment in interracial couples compared to intraracial couples. Is this true? Thanks, Beth… Read More


For people who are interested in learning more about the closeness induction task that you read about for tomorrow’s class, you can read a NYT article about it here. To find out more about the original authors’ intent for the article, check out Elaine Aron’s blog here. Finally, if you want to try the questions yourself, they are… Read More


Hello Close Relationships Students! I am excited to launch our new blog site. Please see our class handout for instructions on how to make a post, but here is a reminder of the different categories that you can use as you develop your posts:  “Relationships and Pop Culture” – 400-500 word examination of a celebrity… Read More