Relationship Strategies

What Makes a Man Creepy?

September 22, 2016
What Makes a Man Creepy?

Evolutionary psychology researchers Francis McAndrew and Sara Koehnke had heard a lot about “creepiness,” but rather than describing what characteristics creeps display, most people describe how someone makes them feel, i.e. “He creeps me out.” They were surprised to learn that the concept of creepiness in social interactions had never been empirically studied, and they set […]

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10 Effective Strategies to Signal Attraction

September 15, 2016
10 Effective Strategies to Signal Attraction

In this era of egalitarian relationships, it’s surprising how closely we still follow traditional gender roles in dating. Men are still generally expected to pick up the check (and still prefer to do so). We also expect men to be the first to express interest by asking a woman out on a date. However, men […]

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Assortative Mating and Good Looks

September 13, 2016
Assortative Mating and Good Looks

I’ve written frequently about assortative mating, and its increasing influence in the dating and marriage market. Assortative mating is defined as the tendency for like to choose like in mating. We prefer mates with similar income, education, religious background, and political beliefs. There’s also a strong observed tendency for people to pair off with someone about […]

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10 Reasons Young Guys Avoid Relationships

September 9, 2016
10 Reasons Young Guys Avoid Relationships

In my last blog post How to Know If a Man Is the Marrying Kind, I discussed the male “Age of Commitment,” which doesn’t kick in until around age 26 for college grads. Here are the top ten reasons guys are often reluctant to get into long-term relationships before then. 1. They dread having to change their […]

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How to Know If a Man Is the Marrying Kind

September 7, 2016
How to Know If a Man Is the Marrying Kind

The most common explanation for a guy’s being unwilling to commit is “He’s just not that into you.” Fair enough. It’s maddening, but many of us have had the experience of being told a guy doesn’t want a relationship, only to watch as he commits to someone new within weeks. But let’s face it, there […]

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