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Dating can be hard — even when people are honest about what they want.

A matchmaker says if you want someone to like you, don’t play hard to get

A successful relationship requires vulnerability, especially in the early stages. That means working up the nerve to tell someone you like them, says Miami-based matchmaker Claudia Duran.
It can be totally — or not at all — about sex.

I asked 3 sex and relationship therapists to demystify infidelity, and their answers will make you think differently about cheating

Sex and relationship therapists have a more nuanced take on infidelity than most of us do. For example, most people who cheat don't actually want to leave their partners.

A sex therapist says many people feel so guilty about cheating that they passive-aggressively try to get caught

Ashley Madison's relationship expert, sex therapist Tammy Nelson, says some cheaters are so overwhelmed by the pressure of lying to their partner that they try — albeit passive-aggressively — to get caught.

7 physical and psychological changes that happen when you fall in love

Falling in love leads to a variety of physical and mental changes that have been observed in scientific research. Being in love can reduce stress, relieve pain, and make you happier.
Is your relationship ready for a lifetime commitment?

6 signs you’re probably ready to get married

Relationship expert Andrea Syrtash advises against holding your partnership to a "checklist" — but still, there are a few signs that you and your partner could be ready to take the next step in your relationship.
Read before you put a ring on it.

15 relationship facts everybody should know before getting married

We rounded up scientific insights into romantic relationships that you should definitely be aware of before you tie the knot.
"I love sharing my spit with you."

We share 80 million bacteria when we kiss each other — here’s why we enjoy it anyway

Kissing is great, because our lips are packed full of receptor cells, and it might be able to help us out with finding the right parter. But it's also disgusting.
There are certain qualities that can help determine if your relationship will prosper or fall short.

6 signs your relationship is going to last

Relationships built on love, trust, intimacy, and respect are more likely lead to lifelong partnerships. Though no one can predict the future, there are qualities that can help determine if your relationship will prosper. Here are 6 signs, from relationship experts, that your relationship will last.

8 signs your partner is gaslighting you

Gaslighting is an abusive form of psychological manipulation that occurs in relationships. When someone is gaslighting you, they exert power over you and make you think you’ve lost your ability to think, remember, and rationalize. Here’s how to spot it if your partner is gaslighting you.

There’s more evidence to suggest playing it cool is the worst idea if you really like someone

According to a new study from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and the University of Rochester, having a partner who reciprocates your interest is more sexually attractive.