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Relationship Preferences

1 Jul

A research study in England showed that women overestimated men’s preference for thinness and men overestimated women’s bias toward muscularity. (In brief. The ideal partner. Monitor on Psychology, 2020, 51(7), p. 18)


26 Jul

Research has shown that, on the average, marrieds have lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, than singles. (In brief. Monitor on Psychology, 2017, 48(5), p. 11)


13 Apr

People who don’t want to depend on others or be depended upon value gifts or favors from others less than those who self-report less independence. (In brief, Monitor on Psychology, 2017, 48(3), p. 10)


8 Mar

A recent study of about 1800 parents of kids ages 8 to 18 found parents to be spending an average of 9 hours 22 minutes everyday in front of various screens. Of this time, nearly 8 hours are for personal, not business, use. (Sheibk, K. Digital hypocrisy. Scientific American Mind, 2017, 28 (2), 10-11)


4 Mar

A Harvard University study of adult development, spanning almost 80 years, showed that, no matter their socioeconomic status, men raised in warmer families used more adaptive methods to handle their negative emotions in midlife and had stronger attachments to their partners in later life. Here is more data to support the conclusion that early family relationships have life-long effects. (Caruso, C. Good relationships are all in the family. Scientific American Mind, 2017, 28(2), 10-11)

Work Relationships

11 Jan

Incivility at work can be a slippery slope with rudeness inviting more of the same. (In brief. Rudeness at work. Monitor on Psychology, 2017, January, 13-14.)


3 Dec

Recently many more people are against their children marrying someone of the opposing political party than someone of a different race. (Doherty, W. Is there hope for a divided America? Psychotherapy Networker. 2017, November, December, 22-29 & 54)


19 Nov

Men feel more romantically secure when they have grown up in warm families. (In brief. A lifetime of warmth. Monitor on Psychology, 2017, January, p. 11-12)


28 Sep

Since 2002, more people approve of living together before marriage, premarital sex, and having children outside marriage, but fewer approve of divorce. (Winerman, L. Sex, marriage and child rearing. Monitor on Psychology, 2016, December, p. 16)


14 Sep

The happiness of spouses predicts the health of their partners. (In brief. In sickness and in health. Monitor on Psychology, 2016, December, p.14)