Serial infidelity: the brain adapts to ease guilt

March 30, 2017 1 comment

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People who are unfaithful to their partner are likely to repeat such behaviour because of the way the brain adapts. A recent study suggests that the more someone is dishonest, the less they will feel guilty about doing so in the future. This is due to a part of the brain called the amygdala which…

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23 Tories back relationship lessons in school

February 12, 2017 14 comments

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Twenty-three Conservative MPs have backed a measure to introduce mandatory sex and relationship lessons in secondary schools. The group, which includes five former cabinet ministers, have reportedly expressed their support for ‘relationship education’ to be added to the National Curriculum. Education Secretary Justine Greening is among the MPs who are pushing for this change. She…

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Infidelity more likely during travel abroad

February 6, 2017 0 comments

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People who visit other countries are more likely to be unfaithful to their partners, a new study suggests. Researchers from Columbia University in New York surveyed 215 students in relationships before they moved abroad. They were asked if they had been guilty of infidelity on several occasions. The first time was one month before they…

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Happy talk between couples boosts marriage

January 29, 2017 1 comment

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Couples who share ‘good news’ about their day each night are happier, feel less stressed and have healthier relationships. They also enjoy better sleep and are less likely to fall ill, researchers from Gonzaga University in Spokane reported after polling 162 couples in the neighbouring state of Oregon. They focused on families in which one…

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Oversharing on social media a sign of relationship insecurity

January 17, 2017 0 comments

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Couples who post lots of photographs and status updates about their relationship are most likely trying to hide feelings of insecurity. Australian relationship expert Nikki Goldstein has claimed that such people seek reassurance from others in order to feel better about their own relationships. Speaking to the Daily Mail, she said that “likes and comments…

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Affairs more likely to start today

January 9, 2017 0 comments

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Today is the day that people are most likely to begin an affair, new research suggests. This warning comes from a dating website for those already in a relationship. An analysis of their data showed that the second Monday of the New Year was their most popular day for new registrations. Last year on Monday…

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Bearded men more attractive for long-term relationships

December 30, 2016 1 comment

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Men with beards are seen as more attractive prospects for a long-term relationship than their clean shaven peers. Researchers from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, arrived at this conclusion following a study of 8,250 women. Each participant was given a series of photographs of men both with and without beards. They were asked…

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Online infidelity among the young and wealthy

December 23, 2016 0 comments

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Most users of the married dating website Ashley Madison are young and wealthy, a new study has revealed. A team of researchers from the University of Toledo in Ohio analysed data from the internal documents and user information published last year following the infamous hack of the site. Due to the high proportion of users…

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Love really is all you need

December 12, 2016 0 comments

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A satisfying relationship does more for people’s overall happiness than having their salary doubled. Good mental health also has a more positive impact than money, according to a new study from the London School of Economics (LSE). The authors surveyed 200,000 people from around the world about how various factors influence their emotional wellbeing. Participants…

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The flawed reasoning behind bad relationships

December 6, 2016 1 comment

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People can stay in bad relationships based on flawed reasons, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of Minho in Braga, Portugal, conducted a series of experiments to determine how factors such as time and money affected the way people saw their relationships. They found evidence of what is known as the “sunk cost…

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