Category Archives: relationship goals

15 Questions to Determine if Your Relationship is Hall of Fame Material or a Strikeout

By Gary W. Lewandowski Jr. Ph.D. – Monmouth University    Decisions are a part of life. At various times you may need to choose the best vacation spot, job candidate, babysitter, or place to live. Your most important decision may be figuring out your best romantic partner. Relationships matter – a lot. They have implications for your health, your reactions… Read More »

Five Relationship Resolutions for the New Year

It’s that time of year again. Everyone I know is joining a gym, beginning a diet, and trying to start anew for the New Year. This year I’ve decided to do things a little differently. Instead of my typical New Year’s resolutions, which focus on work and personal goals, I’m writing relationship resolutions. Here are a few relationship… Read More »

The Downside of Having a Dominant Relationship Partner

The issue: People have a need to feel autonomous (i.e., they need to feel like they are doing something because they want to and not because someone forced them to).1 When people are dominant, they try to take control of the situation, which may make others feel less autonomous.2 Feeling controlled can be disheartening and is linked to poor well-being.3 And people who have… Read More »

Post-Divorce Dating and Relationships

Unfortunately, every romantic relationship does not end happily ever after. For a myriad of reasons, after people get married the romantic love they feel towards their partners often decreases.1 As a result, those relationships could end in divorce. To better understand how the experience of divorce affects how individuals’ think about relationships, researchers conducted a series of in-depth interviews… Read More »

Why Having a Dominant Partner is Linked to Being Unhappy in a Relationship

The issue: People have a need to feel autonomous (i.e., they need to feel like they are doing something because they want to and not because someone forced them to).1 When people are dominant, they try to take control of the situation, which may make others feel less autonomous.2 Feeling controlled can be disheartening and is linked to… Read More »

“Clear for Takeoff”: Turbulence in Romantic Relationships

It doesn’t take a social scientist to tell you that relationships are complicated. But it may not hurt to ask one why relationships are complicated. Take breakups, for example. People often question their breakups only in hindsight, looking back to wonder exactly what went wrong. They may ask things like, “Was it something I said, or did?” Well,… Read More »

Destined for Disaster or Casual and Carefree?: What are the Benefits of a Friends with Benefits Relationship?

By Emily White and Dr. Lindsey Beck What do the majority of today’s American college students have in common with Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake? Hint: The answer is found in the title of the 2011 rom-com Mila and Justin starred in…that’s right…Friends with Benefits. Several studies show that Friends with Benefits Relationships (FWBRs) are quite common among… Read More »

Relationship Questions

Whether you just started dating or you’ve been married over a dozen years, here are some relationship questions to help you communicate with your significant other. One of the main reasons for break ups and even divorce is that we fail to communicate with each other.  Over time our views on certain things change and if we fail… Read More »

“I Hope My Boyfriend Don’t Mind It”: The Implications of Same-Sex Infidelity in Heterosexual Relationships

  Long before Katy Perry proclaimed that she kissed a girl and liked it, heterosexual-identified women were kissing other women. Although the phenomenon of female-female kissing isn’t particularly new, in the past decade scholars have turned their attention to better understanding the multitude of reasons why same-sex physical intimacy occurs between heterosexual individuals. Generally when committed romantic partners… Read More »