Relationships

New research

Happier relationships for couples without children

John Bingham Open University study finds that when people were asked to rate the quality of their relationship those without children emerged as happier overall.

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Are romance novels as bad for relationships as porn?

Shades of grey audi

Katherine Feeney Forget 50 Shades, it’s Farmer Wants a Wife that is the real 'pornography' for women.

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Never fear the Ghost of Relationships Past

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Katherine Feeney Nevert fear the Ghost of Relationships Past.

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"Forget monogamy and just shag" - One scientific theory on relationships

Sam Brett When monogamy becomes monotony, should we ditch commitment altogether? One author reckons so... Sam Brett reports.

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Is divorce ruining relationships?

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Katherine Feeney Divorce is too easy and it's changing how we conceptualise relationships.

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What would you do if you found out your partner had a criminal past?

Gerard Baden-Clay and Allison Baden-Clay

Katherine Feeney Some people find themselves in relationships with people who have done terrible things, and it is the discovery of this horror that forces them to make a decision: should they stay, or should they...

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Puppy love or crazy cat lady? The risks and rewards of overattaching to your pet

Larissa Nicholson Kathryn Walters does not go on holiday with her husband. Someone always needs to stay home with the pets.

Looking for love

Pheromone parties promote lust, not love, to smelly singles

A new dating experience which asks singles to smell old T-shirts of potential mates promotes lust not love, according to an Australian expert.

Jenna Clarke Sex, not true love, is what you’ll get should you RSVP ‘yes’ to a Pheromone Party, according to a scent expert.

Break out trend

Making a break for it: When you divorce because your friends have

If one or more of your friends have called it quits on their marriage, are you more likely to do so?

Nedahl Stelio Anthony Calva had been seriously contemplating whether to end his relationship for more than a year when one of his closest friends got divorced.

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Mistress-keeping - an ancient right, or modern wrong?

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Katherine Feeney One of the most common complaints I have received over the seven years I've been writing this blog is that sex, after a while, dies.

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Most wanted

Most wanted

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Peter Munro Who are Australia's most popular online daters? Peter Munro meets the men and women with the greatest click factor.

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Saying 'I don't' to 'I do': The case for abolishing the Marriage Act

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Katherine Feeney They say the time for marriage reform is now. But how about the idea that we should we just abolish the Marriage Act altogether?

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30 characteristics

What makes the perfect daughter?

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Sandy Smith A recent UK study of 1000 mothers and 1000 adult daughters to gauge the perfect mother and daughter relationship found that seven out of 10 mothers would describe their relationship with their...

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Why are women happier being by themselves than men?

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Katherine Feeney More than 3500 single Australians were surveyed in February this year. Of them, 70 per cent said they were happy being single.

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Mobile phone mania

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Linda McSweeny Our dependence on mobile phones may be harming our health.

New study

Study: women prefer men with a history of exes

Women are likely to find a man more desirable if he has had one or two romantic relationships.

Livia Gamble Relationship baggage is something we all try to avoid but a recent says women prefer men with a history of exes.

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Does birth order influence love and sex success?

Katherine Feeney New research indicates those born first stand a better chance of landing a loving, long-term relationship than their siblings. Only children were also less lucky in love.

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Does birth order influence relationship success?

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Katherine Feeney Survey suggests those born first stand a better chance of landing a loving, long-term relationship than their siblings.

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Does absence really make the heart grow fonder?

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Katherine Feeney We are more mobile these days, time apart from your partner, even if it's just due to long hours at work, is the new norm. But is this good, or bad?

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Anyone can be a life coach

Anyone can be a life coach, so is it time to ask: who is really coaching you?

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Sandy Smith In Australia life coaching is unregulated. Anyone can set themselves up as a life coach and charge hefty fees for trying to help people achieve goals or desires in their personal or professional...