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From "don't sleep together too soon" to "sow your wild oats before settling down," society is full of mixed messages about sex, love, dating and the intersection of the three. To get help deciding which advice to heed and which to skip, I asked scientists to explain some of their discoveries about human sexual behavior (yes, scientists do study such things). It turns out that their findings are often the exact opposite of what we tend to believe. Here are 7 surprising sex facts everyone should know.
Choosing to marry someone is one of the biggest decisions you'll ever make, which is why we've previously let you in on the 9 secrets a healthy couple shouldn't keep from each other if they plan to commit themselves to a lifelong relationship. These are the things you should share with each other in order to determine compatibility... things like faith, attitudes about money and the desire (or non-desire) to have kids. But what happens after you say "I do"? Do you have any clue what you're in for?
How do you react when your mother gives you advice about your relationship? Kate Reardon set up TopTips.com TopTips.com so that we could all benefit from mothers' advice, even if those mothers are not our actual relations. The second book of tips from the site is called Your Mother Was Right: All The Great Advice You Tried To Forget, here are a few Reardon's favorite relationship tips:
Much of the general public is in an uproar over the sudden rash of high-profile infidelities. Not surprising, really. It's made many of us anxious about our own relationships. We ask ourselves: am I enough for him? Will he cheat? Is our relationship doomed!? With all the brouhaha over infidelity, researchers Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha decided that a new book was in order, a book that would serve to remind the rest of us of what should already be obvious: Sexual monogamy just doesn't work.
Here's a round-up of five celebrities turned relationship experts. We have Heidi Klum and Seal's new show on Lifetime, Jennifer Love Hewitt's self-help book, Ice-T's wife CoCo's blog, Jerry Seinfeld on The Marriage Ref and Teri Hatcher's website and book.
The summer weather has been so great, that amidst all of the outdoor brunches, pondside picnics, and trips to the beach, it's easy to forget that the best most romantic summer experiences often occur when there isn't much activity around you. When you feel a little heatstroke coming on, why not pick up a good book and chill out? If there's someone special in your life, we recommend doing a joint summer reading list. You'll keep each other accountable, you'll develop your taste, and nothing says chemistry like bonding over shared love of a book. Here are four to get you started:
In the past, fear would reach into my throat and press pause on The Breakup Conversation. I would be able to spy potential I’d never before seen in the man across from me. I’d be able to imagine what the two of us might be, if only we weren’t, well, us. I’d convince myself to put off this horrible and awkward talk because what if he was more than The One to go bowling with or The One to enjoy martinis with and was actually The One to burp in front of for the rest of my life without shame, and I just hadn’t found the right way to look at him.
In her new book He's Just Not Your Type (And That's A Good Thing), relationship expert Andrea Syrtash delves into this phenomenon and explains the problem with falling into the pattern of dating a certain type. More often than not, she writes, these relationship patterns end in heartbreak because single women are looking THE WRONG type. And in the process, excluding a large percentage of the eligible male population. Her advice? Date the opposite of your type.