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Communication is Choice: The Third Principle of Intentional Communication

Webster defines "to choose" as "to pick out by preference from what is available; to decide or prefer or think proper." To choose implies the exercise of judgement in settling upon something offered or available. "Choice" is defined as "the right, power or chance to choose." How many of us actually exercise that right or power before we open our mouths and let some words fall out? As a matter of fact, if you ask most people a question about why they said something in particular, they'l

Relationships During Quarantine

By Margarita Nahapetyan How is your relationship going during the quarantine? Does too much togetherness make you feel comfortable or is it driving you crazy? Now that all of us have been in a longer-term quarantine for the past few months, you are probably seeing how this situation is affecting your relationship. The sadness, irritability, anxiety, and even anger at times, feel intensified because you and your partner have to stay ho

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Why Do Relationships Fail and How to Improve Them

By Margarita Nahapetyan One of the biggest causes of stress and unhappiness in life are failed relationships. Making a relationship work is one of the most important life skills a person can learn. If individuals cannot maintain lasting relationships, they, without any doubt, will always find it hard to be happy. So what are the common reasons why once harmonious and happy relationships break down? There are several clear cut ways to

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Long Distance Relationships Can Actually End Up In Marriage

By Margarita Nahapetyan It has been universally acknowledged that having a long distance relationship is not such a good idea, especially if there is no known end-date to the separation. Endless phone calls, expensive plane tickets, low satisfaction - the list of negatives can go on and on. You have to be really very brave and mature to start a serious long distance relationship, even in the age of FaceTime and Skype. Probably the idea of any type of relation

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How To Survive A Partner's Betrayal

By Margarita Nahapetyan Some people say that when we deeply love or care about someone we automatically open the door to betrayal. I am not sure whether such statement holds true or not, but one thing I know for sure - relationships are never easy and, no matter what we might picture and dream of in the happy early stages, relationships absolutely do not provide a promise of safety or an everlasting love. Finding out about a partner'

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Being Single During Holiday Season: What Can You Do About It?

By Margarita Nahapetyan Being single around the holiday season can get many people extremely sad and depressed. Everywhere you go, you see other couples doing shopping together or making out in front of shop windows, and when you come home all alone, you understand that you have no one to share the holiday spirit with. That is when you start dwelling on past holidays when you were in a relationship with that one person who meant everything to you, but who is

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TV Romance Can Ruin Real-Life Relationships

By Margarita Nahapetyan It turns out that couples, who frequently watch television and are heavily invested in fictional romance, are jeopardizing the status of their own real-life romantic relationships. To this conclusion came a new research by experts at Albion College in Michigan, who claim that the more are individuals addicted to the box and believe in TV portrayals of romantic stories, the less likely they are to be committed t

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Men Prefer Overweight Women When Under Stress

By Margarita Nahapetyan It turns out that, when under stress, men tend to be attracted to women with a more curvaceous body type, found a new research, according to which stress-inducing situations can actually affect the way males perceive body sizes of their potential partners. Previous studies have found that the experience of psychological stress may have an impact on physical attractiveness ideals, but most evidence supporting th

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Forgiveness Does Not Always Solve Relationship Problems

By Margarita Nahapetyan The next time you and your partner have a serious clash, do not rush to forget about it and forgive each other. While we have known for many years that the best way to solve relationship problems is to forgive and forget, it turns out that sometimes having 'angry but honest' conversations might be more beneficial for maintaining a healthy relationship in the long-term. A new study of married couples carried out

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Men Are More Sensitive than Women when Having Relationship Problems

By Margarita Nahapetyan The common belief that women are more vulnerable when it comes to emotional ups and downs of romantic relationships has been challenged in a study from Wake Forest University. According to the Professor of Sociology Robin Simon, unhappy romances take a greater emotional toll on the mental health of young men than women, even though men sometimes try to appear tough. Guys just express their distress and vulnerability differently than wo

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Too Much Commitment Can Destroy Romantic Relationship

By Margarita Nahapetyan Relationships, in which one of the partners places too much emotional weight on another one, are more likely to undergo unnecessary strain, and even be destroyed. This is what psychologists call relationship-contingent self-esteem (RCSE) and, according to University of Houston scientists, this unhealthy factor can cause uncomfortable situations that do more harm than good in romantic relationships. People who h

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Childhood Maltreatment Affects Adult Romantic Relationships

By Margarita Nahapetyan According to a new research by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) scientists, childhood emotional abuse can negatively affect a person's romantic relationships later in life. To reach this conclusion, Professor Golan Shahar and Dana Lassri, doctoral candidate at BGU's Department of Psychology, carried out two separate studies involving college students with a history of Childhood Emotional Maltreatment (C

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Married Men Prefer Fast Food To Healthy Home Meals

By Margarita Nahapetyan Married men eat healthy food their wives prepare for them at home, but like to secretly binge on unhealthy fast food while away from the family dinner table, a new survey has found. According to the team of nutritionists at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, men in the United States obediently consume the low-fat food at home just to avoid fighting and arguing with the spouse over her healthy f

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Cheating Husbands Are at Risk of a Heart Attack

By Margarita Nahapetyan Men who are unfaithful to their wives do not just jeopardize their marriage, but are also at an increased risk of having a deadly heart attack, Italian scientists who were studying male monogamy have found. It was revealed that 'sudden coital death' is much common when a man was meeting with his mistress outside of his home than when he was with his wife. And liaisons with younger lovers are particularly dangerous.

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Friendship Between Men and Women Often Involves Attraction

By Margarita Nahapetyan It has been known for a long time that men and women can be good friends. But now, a new research claims that no matter what some may think, romantic feelings and attraction will always get in the way of the platonic relationship between male and female friends. The investigators from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire decided to analyze the platonic, opposite-gender friendship relationships in order to fin

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Women More than Men Are Jealous of Attractive Colleagues

By Margarita Nahapetyan Women in the workplace are more jealous and envious than men if the colleagues around them are attractive, finds a new international study. However, both men and women are equally jealous of co-workers who have strong social skills. To come up with such a conclusion, researchers from the Universities of Valencia (Spain), Groningen (the Netherlands) and Palermo (Argentina), first involved 200 workers and scienti

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More Women Than Men Guilty of Eye Cheating

By Margarita Nahapetyan According to a new poll by a leading online independent travel agency Sunshine, while vacationing with a partner, it is women and not men who are more likely to check out members of the opposite gender in a flirtatious or curious way. Researchers carried out this survey in order to find out more details about male and female behavior during joint holiday or vacation. About 2,000 heterosexual men and women from

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Why Women In Red Are So Attractive For Men?

By Margarita Nahapetyan Red has long been described as a color of passion, fire and danger with the image of the "lady in red" being a symbol of sizzling attractiveness guaranteed to turn heads. However, new research on male behavior claims that the real reason why men are drawn to women who wear red is that they think scarlet-clad ladies are easy and more likely to opt for more intimate relationship on a first date. To reach this co

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40% of American Women Never Married

By Margarita Nahapetyan Nearly 40 percent of women under the age of 44 years have never been married, and fewer stay in their first marriage, found a recent government poll by the National Center for Health Statistics. The new National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) carried out a thorough analysis of first marriages and their chance of survival and found that 38 per cent of American women choose to stay single these days, up from 33 p

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Many Women Don't Leave Abusive Partners Because of Pets

By Margarita Nahapetyan One out of three women in abusive relationships delay leaving their violent partner for the fear that family pets would be hurt or even killed, a new groundbreaking survey from New Zealand has found. The "Pets as Pawns" survey was conducted by the Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RNZSPCA) in partnership with Women's Refuge. It revealed that violence against family pets was of

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Women May Choose Wrong Partners When On Contraceptive Pill

By Margarita Nahapetyan According to the most recent lab experiments, a contraceptive pill might alter the way women feel about their partners. In particular, it was revealed that ladies who have been on the pill when starting a relationship may no longer be attracted to their partner when they come off it. As a result, scientists from Stirling University are urging women not to use the contraceptive pill in the run-up to nuptials in

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Women Prefer Men Without Beard

By Margarita Nahapetyan It turns out that guys with beard seem to earn higher respect from other guys, but as to ladies, they find men with facial hair less attractive and prefer clean-shaven faces. That is a statement psychologists from New Zealand and Canada are doling out after a recent experiment where they studied how appealing masculine facial hair can be to women. In order to figure out how having a beard affected perceptions o

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Video Games Have Both Good and Bad Impact On Marriage

By Margarita Nahapetyan Online role-playing games such as World of Warcraft, Lord of the Rings and Guild Wars can have both positive and negative impact on real-life relationships and marital satisfaction, found scientists at Brigham Young University (BYU) in which they explored the effects of Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPG) on married couples. For the study purposes researchers looked at 349 married heterosex

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Some Women Prefer Overweight Men If They Are Rich

By Margarita Nahapetyan It is not surprising to find that beautiful women do not mind fat men as long as they are rich, and now, a new study has discovered a formula for calculating how much more money a man needs to earn if he gains extra pounds to keep attracting the same type of women. Pierre-Andre Chiappori, an economics professor at Columbia University, who is studying the effect of extra weight on male and female potential in th

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Online Dating Criminals Steal Hearts And Cash

By Margarita Nahapetyan More than 200,000 people in the United Kingdom may have fallen victim to online criminals who pose as romantic partners on different Internet dating sites, found a new study by online polling site YouGov. New research, which appears to be the first to analyze the potential scale of the problem, found that online scams target dating websites or social media, posing as soldiers or models on a regular basis in ord

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