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Family and Relationships

Find a brainy boyfriend

Mensa Match is online dating for smart people

Katie Nelson Genius hub Mensa is teaming up with Match.com to make sure intellectuals are meeting their mental equals.

New research

Just 18% of women can tell when men flirt: study

Make it obvious: Unless someone is being overly flirty, chances are their target won't notice.

RACHEL CLUN If you've ever found it difficult to tell if someone is flirting with you, you're not alone.

Stingey Sting

Parents, why make lots of money if you won't let your kids spend it?

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Radhika Sanghani As Sting says he won't leave his multimillion-pound fortune to his children, Radhika Sanghani asks why an increasing number of wealthy parents are refusing to pass their money on.

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'The fourth sexual orientation'

Asexuality: Don't be too hasty with labels

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MATTY SILVER The asexual community believes that unlike celibacy, which is a choice, asexuality is not and they want asexuality to be recognised as the fourth sexual orientation.

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Relationship advice

Alpha female? There's a reason you might be single

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Sandy Smith Over the past decade New York psychotherapist Dr Sonya Rhodes noticed a pattern in the women coming to her practice. All were “self-confident, accomplished, sexual” but there was something missing — they complained about being “unhappy and frustrated by their lack of success in relationships” she writes in her new book The Alpha Woman Meets Her Match. How Today’s Strong Women Can Find Love and Happiness Without Settling.

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Darkest of hours

Family who turned their grief into the gift of life

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Antonia Hoyle Antonia Hoyle meets the couple who decided, in the darkest of hours, to donate their child's organs.

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Relationships look rosy through tinted glasses, says Australian Institute of Family Studies

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JULIE POWER Love is not blind, but seeing one’s partner through rose-tinted glasses may be the secret to long-lasting relationships.

Sex and technology

How technology is affecting our relationships and sex lives

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MATTY SILVER All over the world people are allowing technology to affect their relationships and their sex lives. It seems that our obsession with all things digital can be damaging to our love lives in the real world.

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The art and science of kissing

The truth about kissing: It can be a barometer of a relationship.

RACHEL CLUN Mastering how to make out is not just a subjective art. There is science to the skill as well.

Sex myths

The closer the couple, the better the sex? Not so

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Jane Mulkerrins Intimacy can be a passion killer, says Ether Perel, the bestselling author and relationship counsellor. And don't even think about confessing that affair...

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New research

Porn may be messing with your head

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Andrew M. Seaman Men who report watching a lot of pornography tend to have less volume and activity in regions of the brain linked to rewards and motivation, says a new German study.

Focus

What's so great about great sex?

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In the new movie Fading Gigolo, the character Fioravante is hired by women for his consummate lovemaking skills. But what does it take to make sex memorable and extraordinary, instead of merely satisfying? Bettina Arndt reports.

A rarely discussed issue

Is male menopause real?

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MATTY SILVER Do fewer erections and less interest in sex sound familiar? We know mood swings, hot flushes, low libido and depression can be some of the hormonal changes older women experience during menopause, but what is not well known is that some men will experience some of the same symptoms when they get older.

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'Imposter syndrome'

Early success leads to narcissism later on

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SARAH BERRY Research has found that the more people experience economic ease in young adulthood, the more likely they are to be narcissistic.

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Life advice

How to break up with someone (nicely)

Happier times: Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki.

Caroline Kent As Rory McIlroy blames himself for his break-up, Caroline Kent asks: is it possible to call it a day without being the bad guy?

Anti-social media

Is (anti) social media playing havoc with your relationship?

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Catherine Rodie Excessive use is not the only way in which social media is causing conflict in romantic relationships.

Later pregnancy

How fertility is far from finished at 40

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Julia Llewellyn Smith As the rising abortion rate among women over 35 is blamed on their mistaken belief that they are 'past it', Julia Llewellyn Smith - who conceived in her mid-thirties - finds out the truth about later pregnancy.

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Making sex fun again

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Katherine Feeney "I can't figure out why our sex has become so, well, boring."

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Mismatched libidos

Time for some sexual healing

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MATTY SILVER Most of the couples I see in my practice complain about having mismatched libidos, when one person wants more sex than the other.

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Nothing can prepare the Federers for this game of mixed doubles

Mixed doubles: Mirka Federer with her daughters.

The living room cordoned off as a 'baby jail' and 24 nappies a day - nothing comes close to the chaos of two sets of twins, one mother tells Victoria Lambert

Flying sparks

When sparks fly - what lights the fires of attraction?

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MJ Angel We may not readily admit it, but when it comes to relationships there is always something that fuels our attraction.

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Brain power

Australian study disproves omega-3 baby claims

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Pregnant mothers who take omega-3 fatty acid supplements to boost their baby's brain power are probably wasting their time, according to a major Australian study.

Not true

The myth that old people don't have sex

Senior Man Tries To Be Affectionate Towards Wife In Bed

MATTY SILVER In today's society many people believe old people are not sexual any more. But it's not true, writes Matty Silver.

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When a child is born

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MJ Angel Extramarital affairs and infidelity are common, with websites dedicated to helping people find them, bloggers spilling sordid details of deceptive trysts and more and more lives shattered by the ...

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Ask the therapist

How much sex is normal?

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MATTY SILVER Two of the most common questions I am asked by my clients are "How much sex is normal?" and "What is the average amount of sex that other couples are having?". These sound like simple questions, but there are no right answers.

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Reborn singles

Sex re-education vital for baby boomers

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MATTY SILVER The safe-sex message seems to have missed a generation of newly single baby boomers, with STIs continuing to rise among older age groups.

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Common concerns

What the hell does a sex therapist do?

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MATTY SILVER We all know sex therapists exist. We know they help sexual problems. But what exactly is it that they do?

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Down time

Why lazy parents make happy families

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A new book advocates hands-off parenting for the entire family's sake.

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Structural change

Tie the knot? It's not a priority for modern Australian families

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Adele Horin and Erik Jensen A revolution is sweeping through Australian families as evidenced by the surge in babies born out of wedlock and the proportion of couples who live together before marrying.

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