Educated women increasingly likely to have first baby before marriage
A trio of recent studies show a profound shift in attitudes to parenthood and marriage and the effect of increasing inequality in the US on both.
Genetics may control who our friends are
Have you ever met someone you instantly liked? Or disliked? An “unconscious” part of the brain enables us to process information spontaneously and there may be a biological basis behind this instantaneous compatibility reaction.
People favor canines over felines
Twenty years ago, cats were winning the preferred pet popularity contest in Denmark,at the expense of dogs, a trend seen in other Western countries at the time. However, new figures show the dogs have made a comeback, and when it comes to their medical wellbeing, dogs win big.
Long-term stress in dogs linked to the owner-dog relationship
Prior research has shown that dog owners live considerably longer than non-dog owners (up to five years). New research shows the relationship a dog has with its owner is related to its stress level, with the link between stress and the owner’s personality traits differing between dog breeds.
Generous with individuals and selfish to the masses
The general public has steadily lost confidence in financial institutions, economic authorities, and, in particular, in corporate managers (over 70% don’t trust their leaders in any business or organization. The view is that key economic actors will do anything for profits, including harming large groups of fellow human beings.
Love: How the feeling of power determines happy relationships
All power imbalance corrupts, and mostly what it corrupts are relationships. The secret to a happy romantic relationship is to make sure both partners feel they can decide on issues that are important to them.
Men who perceive their marriage as unsuccessful are at high risk for premature death
Marriage is our primary supportive relationship, especially for men who generally have fewer outside relationships than women. If we feel our relationships are unsupportive—as in a bad marriage—we tend to withdraw, become lonely and begin the process of dying.
Strengthening interpersonal relationships helps medical patients live longer
Relationships influence our behavior and our physical health. We now know that it is possible to prolong life by fostering coping and reducing distress.
What women, and men, really want in their mate
When it comes to sexual attraction women rate age, education, intelligence, income, trust, and emotional connection higher than men who put a greater priority on attractiveness and physical build.
Need to vent? Turn to real-life support, not social media
Social media may make it easier for people to engage online, but it does not provide a lot of the benefits of real-life human interactions. Problematic social media use is not a recognized addictive disorder, but there are similarities in the symptoms of someone with a substance use disorder and a person displaying excessive social media use.
Female professionals suffering domestic abuse feel socially and professionally isolated
Domestic abuse has been increasing—up 70% in Europe according to the WHO and 100% in parts of the US. It has been called the silent pandemic. A new study shows how the increase in domestic abuse is affecting one particular class of professionals: Female doctors.
Partners' company helps us stay connected during pandemic
The epidemic of loneliness and social separation preceded the COVID-19 pandemic. Does household size, video calls with friends and family, working outside the home or being in the company of one’s children or pets make a difference in our feelings of social connectedness?
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