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Is Playing Hard-to-Get a Good Dating Strategy?

December 15, 2016
Is Playing Hard-to-Get a Good Dating Strategy?

In the paper Playing Hard-to-Get: Manipulating One’s Perceived Availability as a Mate, researchers Jonason and Li looked at dating from a Supply-side Economics perspective. This dictates that scarcity in the supply of a good increases its price. Playing Hard-to-Get (HTG) is an attempt to create the impression of limited availability in hopes of driving up one’s perceived value. […]

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Sex is Not a Skill Set

November 10, 2016
Sex is Not a Skill Set

In The One Real Way to Get Better at Sex, the principal investigator at the Sexual Psychophysiology and Affective Neuroscience Lab at UCLA says there is no such thing as someone who is “good at sex.” Sex is not a skill set you can pack up and travel with, moving from partner to partner. According […]

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Kissing Behavior Reveals Relationship Intentions

September 27, 2016
Kissing Behavior Reveals Relationship Intentions

Until fairly recently, scientists have assumed that a key purpose of kissing is to prepare a couple for intercourse by promoting sexual arousal. But recent research shows that while arousal may result from kissing, the purpose of kissing is more about assessing the other person’s suitability as a mate initially. Later it’s about maintaining pair […]

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The Unsexy Millennials

August 10, 2016
The Unsexy Millennials

A new study on Sexual Inactivity During Young Adulthood by Jean Twenge et al builds on previous research showing that Millennials are less sexually active than prior generations. The latest response has been somewhat hysterical, with many articles assuming that delayed sexual activity is a bad thing. It’s also been erroneously focusing almost entirely on (elite) […]

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Relationship Benchmark #4: There is Consistent Expression of Affection and Feeling

August 5, 2016
Relationship Benchmark #4: There is Consistent Expression of Affection and Feeling

One of the best things about being in a relationship is the reward of love flowing both ways. We require that our partner express affection and deep feelings consistently. We feel free to express our love and are open to receiving it in return. In contrast, a relationship where we never quite know where we stand, or how our […]

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