Tue. Nov 24th, 2020

About

Mission Statement

True intimacy with others is one of the highest values of human existence; there may be nothing more important for the well-being and optimal functioning of human beings than intimate relationships…

Why Relationships Are Important

Take a moment to think about the most meaningful events in your life– the experiences that have brought you the greatest joy and perhaps the greatest pain. Your close and intimate relationships are likely central to each of these experiences and help make you the person you are today. Put simply, forming lasting intimate relationships is a defining feature of the human experience. Years of research, and volumes of data, make it very clear that we each have a fundamental need to connect with others, and if we are unable to fulfill that need, there are serious negative consequences. Consider, for example, that those who are socially isolated experience more disease and that divorce is a risk factor for early death. On the positive side, high quality intimate relationships reduce risk for negative mental health (e.g., clinical depression), and frequency of sexual activity predicts overall life happiness even more so than making more money. If our relationships suffer, we lose a part of what it means to be a human. But when our relationships thrive, we are able to fulfill our true potential.

Why Science is Important for Relationships

We understand the importance of relationships and know that increasing knowledge is a key way to help people improve their relationships and their lives. But all information isn’t created equal. The important things in life deserve data, and nothing is more important than relationships. As scientists and educators, we believe that if you really want to know the truth about something, you need research. When we say “research” we simply mean that the best information comes from careful observations and measurements, systematic collection of information from lots of people, and carefully drawn conclusions based on the available evidence.

 

About the Site

Our site was founded on the premise that relationships are a central part of life and that our understanding of relationships benefits from research and scientific evidence. We also believe this information is most beneficial when presented in an engaging and entertaining fashion.

We take research findings from the fields of psychology, family studies, sociology, communication, evolutionary biology, and others, and put them in a format that you can use. We are actual experts who are active researchers and professors in the field of relationships science. We publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals and are frequently sought out by the media and popular press sources to share our expertise.

The writers on the site are relationship researchers. All of our writers base each article on peer-reviewed research and will cite our sources along with full references at the bottom of the article.

We take research findings from the fields of psychology, family studies, sociology, communication, evolutionary biology, and others, and put them in a format that you can use. We are actual experts who are active researchers and professors in the field of relationships science. We publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals and are frequently sought out by the media and popular press sources to share our expertise.

 

Most of our writers are relationship scientists who research the very topics we feature on the site. Our writers are true experts that have intimate knowledge of the types of research that appear in our articles.