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Sex and dating from May 2021

From Monday 17th May 2021 in England and Scotland, you can meet indoors and stay at another person’s household overnight. Hugging is allowed, and so is close contact with people outside your household or bubble. Many single people are being cautious and continuing to take things slowly, with sex happening at later stage on the […]

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Mental health, dating and relationships

During Mental Health Awareness Week, let’s help to reduce the stigma around mental health issues by thinking about how to enhance our mental health and practise self-care in dating and in our all relationships. Good relationships promote well-being and reduce loneliness, but we need to work at them. Let’s communicate more honestly about our difficulties […]

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Should we break up?

After Christmas and New Year, many people think about breaking up with their partner. Holidays are in some ways unnatural, because we are spending lots more time together than usual – even more than in previous lockdowns. It’s often in a confined space with the heating on too high. We can have unrealistic expectations about […]

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Appreciating your partner without being cheesy

When was the last time you complimented your loved one or date? Maybe you think you’re not the kind of person who is into that soppy stuff, but it can really help to buffer your relationship against the daily irritations as well as the bigger challenges we are all facing right now. Many of us […]

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Better dating for men

Gary is a heterosexual man who came to see me recently. He found dating really hard work last year, and told me: “I spend hours on dating sites but rarely get a date, let alone a second date.” He is a decent, not bad-looking guy, and asked me, “What am I doing wrong?” Here is […]

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How you answer the trolley problem can affect your romantic prospects

In a recently published study by Brown and Sacco (2017),[1] how others answered a classic moral dilemma affected how participants saw them in three areas: how suitable they were for a long-term relationship, how desirable they were, and how likely they were to stray. This dilemma is called the trolley problem, first introduced in 1967 […]