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Class Preparation for PSY 290:
Psychology of Romantic Relationships

Syllabus -- [PDF Download]

Nov. 5 -- Introduction -- [LINK]
In addition to looking over the syllabus, this article discusses what we might get from intimate relationships.   What do you think?

Nov. 7 -- Attraction -- [LINK]
This brief article presents a perspective that runs counter to our cultural notions of attraction.   What do you think?

Nov. 8 -- Mate Selection -- [LINK 1]         [LINK 2]         [LINK 3]
Links 1 and 2 take you to brief articles on mate selection criteria.   Link 3 takes you to a brief video that is both funny and makes some important points.   What do you think?

Nov. 12 -- Trust and Intimacy -- [LINK 1]         [LINK 2]         [LINK 3]
All 3 links are to brief relevant articles.   What do you think?

Nov. 14 -- Love and Attachment Styles -- [LINK 1]         [LINK 2]         [LINK 3]
Link 1 takes you to a brief overview of adult attachment styles.   Which would you say best characterizes you?   Link 2 tackles the question of long-term love and satisfaction with our romantic relationship. Link 3 tackles the issue of how accurately we view (or should view) our romantic partner.   What do you think?

Nov. 16 -- Gender Roles (Day 1) -- [LINK 1]         [LINK 2]
Link 1 takes you to a brief article that reminds us that men and women are more similar than different, although you wouldn't know that from what we encounter in mass media.   Link 2 is written for men, and implies that their female romantic partners are different in particular ways, and so the guys have to meet those female needs to keep the women from straying.   What do you think?

Nov. 19 -- Gender Roles (Day 2) -- [LINK 1]         [LINK 2]         [LINK 3]
The common theme across these brief articles is what we know about division of housework, gender, and income.   Of course gender roles are an important piece of this puzzle.   What do you think?

Nov. 26 -- Communication and Meaning -- [LINK 1]         [LINK 2]
Link 1 takes you to a brief article about being honest with our romantic partner.   What do you think?   The second link takes you to a textbook.   Scroll down to the section on communication that starts near the bottom of page 326 and read up to the section on ending romantic relationships near the bottom of p. 330.   What do you think?

Nov. 28 -- Children Involved -- [LINK]
This link takes you to a very detailed analysis of how and why having children affects our happiness, including our romantic relationship.   The article is relatively long, but tackles an important topic (for most people).

Nov. 30 -- Equity and Power -- [LINK 1]         [LINK 2]         [LINK 3]
The common theme across these brief articles is the degree of equity and power within romantic relationships.   What do you think?

Dec. 3 -- Commitment -- [LINK 1]         [LINK 2]
These two brief articles may seem very different at first.   However, after you've read and thought about both, can you see how do they relate to each other?

Dec. 5 -- Jealousy and Conflict -- [LINK 1]         [LINK 2]
The first link tackles the issue of the role of jealousy in romantic relationships, whereas the second link takes you to a brief article about couples fighting.   In the second article, be sure to include clicking on the link at the end of the article (for a brief comparison of gay and straight relationships).   What do you think?

Dec. 7 -- Breaking Up and Moving On -- [LINK 1]         [LINK 2]         [LINK 3]
These 3 links are each about breaking up and what is and is not related to the likelihood of relationships dissolving.   What do you think?

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