Relationship Strategies

Conversation As a Predictor of Relationship Success

May 17, 2017
Conversation As a Predictor of Relationship Success

Real Simple magazine has a good article this month about the 8 Habits of Happily Married Couples, with classic quotes illustrating the main points. My favorite is one that is often overlooked when discussing how to make relationships work: How good is the conversation?   “Marriage as a long conversation.—When entering into a marriage one […]

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Female Achievement and Male Sincerity

May 10, 2017
Female Achievement and Male Sincerity

How do you know if a guy is genuinely interested in you or just sucking up to get the hookup? Does he really think it’s cool that you are killing it at work, or is he just pretending to be an “enlightened male?” In a recent post I highlighted a study that showed men do […]

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The New Order of Female Attraction

May 2, 2017
The New Order of Female Attraction

New research demonstrates that women find creative men very attractive. (H/T: J 2.0) This isn’t exactly a surprise; not-very-talented guys joining bands to get access to girls has been a mainstay of adolescent male dating strategy since the caveman era. French professor Nicholas Gueguen once conducted a now famous study to find out what kind of men […]

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How to Prepare For a First Date

April 20, 2017
How to Prepare For a First Date

Recently a coaching client shared that she felt that her “performance” on first dates had improved. I cringed, feeling badly that she felt she had to perform, but I quickly realized she was absolutely right. A first date is a tryout. It’s an audition and an interview. It got me thinking about ways that you […]

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Russians Romance While Americans Reason

April 12, 2017
Russians Romance While Americans Reason

Russian sociologist Paulina Aronson recently wrote a fascinating article comparing Russian and Western norms around falling in love. Her key observation is that Russians regard falling in love as fate, while we in the West focus on choice via rational decision-making. This blog is an example of the Western use of analytical tools to craft strategies that make […]

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