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Psychology News Roundup: ICYMI August 31, 2020

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It's been a while, but we're back with the latest news, blog posts, and tweets. We'll publish on our member forum Connect! every week, and here on Character and Context every 2 weeks. To start we'll do a few highlights.

Read what you may have missed in the world of personality and social psychology on this ICYMI roundup.

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Viewing Pornography to Deal with Affection Deprivation

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People view pornography for many reasons, but one is to deal with a shortage of affection.

How to Make an Insecure Person Believe You Genuinely Care About Them

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Asking the simple question “How was your day?” improves feelings of care for people who have a hard time trusting that others love them.

Equality Makes Same-Sex Couples Happy

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Want to improve your marriage or close romantic relationship? If you’re straight, you may want to take a few pointers from same-sex couples.

People with History of Casual Sex May Struggle More in Committed Relationships

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Although sex is a central feature of committed, romantic relationships, some people desire uncommitted, “no strings attached” sex, which can spell trouble for their marriages.

Think You Love Your Valentine? What’s Beneath the Surface may Be More Complicated

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Valentine cards are filled with expressions of unequivocal adoration and appreciation. That’s fitting for the holiday set aside to express love and reaffirm commitment to one’s romantic partner.

But what if there’s more going on below the surface of these adoring declarations? How might thoughts and feelings that people are not even aware of shape their romantic relationships?

Protecting Me, Harming Us? Why Individuals of Lower Socioeconomic Status May Experience Lower Romantic Relationship Quality

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Economic inequality runs rampant in the United States and, if anything, is getting worse with time. Not only do individuals of lower socioeconomic backgrounds occupy disadvantaged positions in society with less access to resources, but they also face challenges in the private realm of their romantic relationships. But why do low socioeconomic status (SES) individuals generally experience lower romantic relationship quality compared to their high SES counterparts?

Bridging the “Liking-Gap,” Researchers Discuss the Awkwardness of Conversations

Portland, OR - Conversations are fundamental to relationships and wellbeing, but they often leave people feeling anxious, uncertain, and socially excluded. Social and personality psychologists will present their latest findings on how people engage in casual conversations, and what this means for our own performance anxiety.

Fan the FLAME to Maintain the Spark

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The early days of romantic relationships are like a blazing fire: partners share a great deal of passion, have high levels of sexual desire, and engage in sex frequently. But partners’ sex lives may change as their relationships progress, with sexual frequency and desire often waning over time. Although this is a common experience in long-term relationships, it is not without its consequences: partners’ low or mismatched sexual desire is linked to more thoughts about breaking up, as well as lower sexual and relationship satisfaction.

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