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Sep 1, 2014 — When we talk, we focus on the "content" words — the ones that convey information. But the tiny words that tie our sentences together have a lot to say about power and relationships.
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Jul 10, 2014 — Haven't found your soul mate yet? You might be searching for all the wrong things. One psychologist argues that you don't need to lower your standards — just shift your priorities.
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Feb 10, 2014 — How well people got along with their parents as teenagers affects how satisfied they are with romantic relationships as young adults. But if you were a rebellious teen, don't fret. Researchers say it's just one of many factors that influence your romantic life.
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Oct 31, 2013 — Texting terms of endearment seems to shore up relationships. Affectionate affirmations help mitigate hurts and frustrations, a study finds. But men who get flooded with texts from their significant other tend to say the relationship is unsatisfactory. Women tend to say the more texts the merrier.
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May 1, 2013 — A critical, unsupportive spouse isn't just a drag. That kind of mate increases the risk of major depression, researchers say. People can improve the quality of their relationships, Teo says. Interpersonal therapy and couples therapy can help identify communication problems and come up with practical improvements.
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Oct 19, 2012 — Julie Klam's new book Friendkeeping is a serious — and funny — look at adult friendships. It's a surprisingly rare thing, and she and I spoke about why friendships are such a neglected science and how we keep them up as we get older.
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Mar 6, 2012 — Women get satisfaction out of conflict in relationships, while men like it better when their mate seems happy. But both sexes benefit from empathizing with the other's feelings, be they good or bad.
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Jan 3, 2011 — As ever, there are a number of takes floating about the web on how to approach your New Year's resolutions. Here, two fresh takes: Improve your overall health by taking better care of your relationships, or by embracing your solitude.
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May 7, 2010 — Most of us aren't famous, so beyond a small circle of frenemies, there's no demand for the juicy details of our failed romances. Thank god.
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