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Fending Off Divorce

Almost half of all marriages end in divorce--is there anything that can be done about this?

Researchers have come up with an incredible idea: A new kind of "love drug" that can heal wounded relationships. It will in the form an inhaler and be prescribed by a relationship counselor. You'd sniff it in the presence of your...
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How Prehistoric Geeks Invented Monogamy

Unlike our closest cousins the chimpanzees, we don't live in groups in which the males share (and fight over) females--instead, we tend to pair up. How did this happen?

A new study shows that weak males who were inferior fighters chanced upon a winning solution: Pick one female out of the group and treat her especially well, so she'...
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Who's More Likely to Get Married?

Past studies have shown "college is the great equalizer" in the labor market, dampening social class differences. But the same can't be said for the marriage market: Social and cultural factors, not just income, are central to marriage decisions.
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Why Celebrity Marriages Don't Last

God may be a mathematical formula, but it turns out that marriage is too. While we stand in line at the grocery store, we're all used to seeing fan magazines touting the latest celebrity wedding. It seems like only a short time later, standing in the same line,...
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Better to Just Live Together?

Why don't more couples take the marital path? The share of married adults at an all-time low in the United States, and demographers are trying to...
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More Mixed Race Marriages Than Ever

A new study of interracial marriages in the United States since the 1980s suggests that the racial boundary between blacks and whites continues to break down--but is not yet close to disappearing. And sociologists...
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Is Marriage Unhealthy?

Some people say marriage makes you fat, while others say it trims you down. It turns out BOTH are right.

According to a new study, both marriage and divorce can act as "weight shocks,...
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Marriage: A Chance to Have a Good Fight

Think about how much you fight and argue with your partner or spouse today. A new study suggests that your current level of conflict probably won’t change much for the remainder of your relationship. Maybe that's something to THINK about...
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Facebook Tough on Marriage

A recent survey by divorce lawyers found that one in 5 divorces in the US were triggered by Facebook because a rising number of people are using social media to engage in extramarital affairs. Networking sites may be great for meeting someone, but once you're married, maybe you should close your computer!
Men who used to surreptitiously...
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Polygamy Problems

Having more than one wife is a fantasy of many Western males, but polygamy in humans or elsewhere in nature isn't necessarily good for all the males involved. For instance, polygamy practiced by some 19th century Mormon men had the curious effect of suppressing the number of children born to Mormon women in plural marriages: The more "sister-...
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On Valentine's Day, it's good to know that humans aren't the only creatures who court: fruit flies fall in love too! Scientists have taken an important step toward understanding human mating behavior by showing that certain of their genes become activated when they interact with the opposite sex, meaning that courtship behaviors may be far more...
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Married Strangers

Married people may think they communicate well with their partners, but psychologists have found that they don’t always convey messages to their loved ones as well as they think--and in some cases, the spouses communicate no better than strangers.
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Marriage In Trouble

There's not only a wage gap in the US, there's also a "marriage gap." In a striking reversal of historic trends, highly educated Americans are embracing a pro-marriage mindset even as Middle Americans are losing faith in marriage. Drawing on the latest national data, a new report concludes...
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Married or NOT Married

Which is more stressful? - Before you become entangled, ask yourself: What's love got to do with it? (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). Think marriage is stressful? New studies show that NOT being married (or in a committed relationship) is even MORE stressful. But falling in love comes at the cost of losing two...

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Is it natural? - Is this some kind of strange conspiracy? Scientists are studying monogamy because they want to know why couples do (or don't) stay together for a long time. They've found some frogs that might show them the answers.

The first monogamous amphibian, the Peruvian poison frog) has been discovered living in...

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Christmas Can be Tough on a Marriage

How are marriages holding up in this recession? The holiday season, filled as it is with family, is a particularly tough time to have empty pockets.

It's an especially bad time to be a working-class man with no college education. Such men have borne the brunt of job losses since 2007, and new research finds that men are 61% less likely...

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How to be Healthy

Get married & STAY married! - A stable long-term marriage can be good for your health, but divorce or widowhood leaves a lasting scar on the health of middle-aged and older people, according to a new study. Remarriage seems to reduce but not erase the damage done by losing a marriage, and those who remain single after a...

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Fighting is Good for Your Health AND Your Marriage

On Valentines Day, it's great to know that a fight with your spouse may be good for your marriage, as well as your health.

New research shows that couples in which both the husband and wife suppress their anger when one attacks the other die earlier than members of couples where one or both partners express their anger and resolve the...

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Good Reasons to Get Married

Marriage is healthy--even more healthy for men than for women. Marriage also provides great psychological benefits for depressed people. Do men and women have different criteria when it comes to choosing a mate? And after you GET married, be sure to remember to say "thanks."

While humans may pride themselves on being highly...
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When Husbands Ignore Wives

Psychologists have a word for it: "reactance." It could even be unconscious.

In, Robert Roy Britt reports on a new study, in which participants were asked to name a significant person in their lives whom they perceived as controlling, and another who just wanted them to enjoy themselves. After that, they were asked to...

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Gay Marriage Nothing New in Catholic Church

Yale University historian John Boswell has discovered that the Catholic church has been marrying gays for centuries.

Jim Duffy writes in the Irish Times that in his book "The Marriage of Likeness: Same Sex Unions in Pre-Modern Europe," Boswell describes an icon from St. Catherine's monastery on Mount Sinai which shows a typical Christian...

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Marriage Turns Off Genius

According to a new study, creative genius and criminality express themselves when men are in their 30s, but both are turned off when a man gets married and has children. Psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa says, "Scientists rather quickly desist (from their careers) after their marriage, while unmarried scientists continue to make great scientific...

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Monogamy Can be Lethal

Amanda Onion writes in that monogamy may be good for a marriage, but in some animals, it's bad for the species. Researchers in Ghana have discovered that animals living on reserves, with access to fewer mates than they would have in the wild, have a higher risk of extinction.

"In avoiding extinction, it pays to be promiscuous...

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