The saying “fake it until you make it” (the idea that someone can fake a positive attitude to elicit real-life benefits) – often backfires when used with co-workers, a study led by a University of Arizona researcher suggests. Instead, researchers say, making an effort to actually feel the emotions you display is more productive. “Surface… Read more

“Clingy” spouses — whether spending every waking moment with their partners or constantly telephoning when they’re not together — are at greater risk for heart problems and poor mental health after their spouses die, according to new research from psychologists at Rice University. “Based on our previous work, we know that there is a link… Read more

There is no shortage of research on what helps create, support and maintain a healthy intimate relationship, and how the individuals involved perceive them. A new study, led by Ursula Athenstaedt from the University of Graz, takes a different crack at the subject. The study[1] investigates how people look back on their former relationships subsequent… Read more

It is common for relationships to go through rough spots because one partner seeks more closeness while the other seeks more distance. It’s a cycle that psychologists call a pursuer-distancer dynamic. Typically, during the initial infatuation stage, you both want to spend as much as time as possible together. Then, reality sets in. One partner… Read more

You can get a much better idea of how others are feeling if you put ourselves in their shoes instead of trying to read how they feel through facial expressions and body language, new research shows. Study authors Haotian Zhou of Shanghai Tech University and Nicholas Epley of University of Chicago, explained: “People expected that… Read more