The Science of Relationships: Answers to Your Questions about Dating, Marriage and Family
Author(s): Timothy J Loving, Gary Lewandowski, Lorne Campbell, Eshkol Rafaeli, Lisa Neff, Debra Mashek, Marci Gleason, Robin Edelstein, Maria Minda Orina, Jody L Davis, Benjamin Le, Nancy Frye, Jennifer Harman
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If you could ask any question about relationships, marriage, family, or parenting, what would you ask? Coincidentally, we've been working on a book (that big title up there) that answers 40 of the most common questions. The book is edited by the creators of ScienceOfRelationships.com, and includes contributions from the authors and many of their colleagues.
The key difference between this book and the other books on relationships out there is that all of the contributors are relationship scientists and teachers at colleges/universities who are true experts on relationships. We take that expertise, add in a little research, and present things in an easy to read format.
Some of the questions answered include:
- What makes someone hot, and others not?
- Are we meant to be monogamous?
- Why do people stay in bad relationships?
- My family and friends don’t like my partner. Should I listen to them?
- How long should I wait before sleeping with my partner?
- Will having kids ruin our relationship?
- Will my partner cheat?
- ...and many more...
Science of Relationships website http://www.scienceofrelationships.com/
Click here to read an author interview with The Denver Post.
Click here to view a discussion with Dr. Jennifer Harman about her research.
Introduction: Why do we need another book on relationships?
Chapter 1: Attraction & Relationship Initiation
Q1. What makes someone hot, and others not?
Q2. How can I tell if someone is interested in me?
Q3. What’s the best way to meet someone?
Q4. Does ‘playing hard to get’ work?
Chapter 2: Intimacy & Attachment
Q5. Are some people more ready for relationships than others?
Q6. Is it possible to ‘fix’ a partner?
Q7. Isn’t being too close to a partner a bad thing?
Q8. Is there any truth behind the saying that we “marry our father (or mother)”?
Chapter 3: Love
Q9. What is love?
Q10. Is love really blind?
Q11. Does love last forever?
Q12. Are we meant to be monogamous?
Chapter 4: Commitment & Long-Term Relationships
Q13. How do I know if I’ve found “Ms./Mr. Right”?
Q14. Why do people stay in bad relationships?
Q15. I read somewhere that the ‘family is under attack.’ What does this mean, and is it true?
Q16. Should homosexuals be allowed to marry?
Q17. Is relationship (premarital) counseling useful?
Q18. Once a cheater, always a cheater?
Q19. Isn’t a little jealousy a good thing?
Q20. How long should a breakup affect me?
Chapter 5: Power & Conflict
Q21. Why does one person in a relationship tend to always get his or her way?
Q22. Will my husband resent me if I make more money than he does?
Q23. What do most couples fight about?
Q24. Should I really ‘forgive and forget’ when my partner is insensitive?
Chapter 6: Cognition
Q25. I have high expectations for my relationship. Is that bad?
Q26. My family doesn’t like my partner. Should I listen to them?
Q27. I believe for a relationship to work, partners must be soulmates. Am I right?
Chapter 7: Sex
Q28. Does sex lead to love, or does love lead to sex? Is one ‘direction’ better?
Q29. Will we stop having sex once we’re married?
Q30. How have sexual attitudes changed over time?
Q31. How long should I wait before sleeping with my partner?
Chapter 8: Living Together
Q32. Should I live with my partner before we get married?
Q33. Are people less happy after they get married?
Q34. Should we combine our money?
Q35. Is there a good way to fight?
Chapter 9: Expanding the Family
Q36. Is there a ‘good’ time to have kids?
Q37. Will having kids ruin our relationship?
Q38. What will happen to us if my partner or I are not able to have kids?
Q39. Am I wrong for not wanting to have kids?
Chapter 10: Parenting
Q40. Will I be a good parent?
Q41. What happens when both parents don’t agree on how to parent?
Q42. Is there a best way to discipline my kids?
Q43. Should I spank my kids?
Q44. I want to keep working after I have a baby. Am I a bad mother (or father) for putting my child in childcare?