Blocking facial expression diminishes the experience of emotions. Our faces are normally alive with activity, which contributes to our understanding of each other, and there is a strong link between our facial expression and our ability to comprehend the meaning of language. … [Read more...] about Botox Can Leave You With Broken Relationships
How to peacefully leave a relationship
Interestingly, Niemyjska et al. note their results indicate both grandiose and vulnerable narcissists keep objects from past relationships not only as trophies but also as substitutes for the associated ex-partners. They describe this finding as somewhat unexpected due to the fact that perceiving such reminders as substitutes for ex-partners is usually viewed as reflecting communal needs, and both types of narcissism are negatively related to communion. … [Read more...] about Why Narcissists Keep Trophies of Past Relationships
People who are unhappy with love struggle with deciding when to call it quits. Their unhappiness tends to stem from some recurring conflict or pattern. They feel as if they can’t take it anymore, "I am done." Then, they run a mental calculus of the good and the bad then deduce they have already invested so much. Why not just stick it out? This back and forth neurosis can go on for months, years, and even decades in some cases. Now that we are in the middle of a pandemic many in this dilemma feel more stuck than ever before. Getting a divorce is complicated, moving out is complicated, and even if you are not married you may just feel profound guilt leaving your romantic partner in such an emotionally uncertain time or fear being alone yourself. … [Read more...] about Feeling Stuck in Your Romantic Relationship?
Now, in light of these findings you may wonder about your current partner’s hormone levels. Though it may be tempting to surreptitiously use a testing kit to detect a partner’s testosterone and estrogen levels, we don’t need to go to all that trouble; there’s a much easier way to detect hormone levels. How? By listening to our partners’ voices (O’Connor, Re, & Feinberg, 2011). Men with deeper voices (e.g., Barry White, George Clooney, Morgan Freeman, and others) have higher testosterone levels, while women with higher voices (e.g., Taylor Swift or Katy Perry) have more estrogen. If voice pitch relates to hormone levels, it may link to cheating as well. … [Read more...] about The Biology of Relationship Infidelity
The other research thread focuses on the narratives of couple members. In fact, additional to their entire love lives, individuals also have the wish to make sense of their current romantic relationship. One way to assess this story is to independently prompt partners for their relationship story. But how to capture someone's relationship story? Again, a variant of the LSI targeting narrative representations of the current romantic relationship—the Relationship Narrative Interview (RNI)—has been developed. The RNI includes a series of prompts for autobiographical recounts of relationship-specific scenes, such as relationship high points, low points, and turning points, as well as sexual high points, low points, and turning points. Findings from a pilot study with 40 couples in the Chicago area that were assessed with the RNI revealed interesting insights: Those couple members who disclosed affectively positive stories tended to report lower levels of avoidant … [Read more...] about Darling, What Was the Turning Point in Our Relationship?