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Monica Porter: Why unstinting love is the real key to a happy family life

It was recently revealed that Dorset is the county with the highest proportion of married couples. Based on figures from the 2011 national census, it appears that, for some reason, fewer people get divorced there.

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Love is a drug

Psychology of Love – Part 8 Scientists have known for a long time that brain chemistry is behind our sexual urges. But the mysteries of love have generally been left to writers, poets and musicians. Roxy Music and Leighton Meester have serenaded us with songs about love being a drug, and Robert Palmer was ‘Addicted […]

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Love thy Neighbour?

Psychology of Love – Part 7 It might appear that social psychology research into love and attraction should be awarded first prize when it comes to stating the blindingly obvious. For example, did you know that you are more likely to fall for someone you already know and see on a regular basis, like a […]

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Be Still My Beating Heart

Psychology Of Love – Part 6 That we use a phrase like ‘falling in love’ suggests that it is something over which we have no control. Our hearts race, palms sweat, we breathe faster and get butterflies in our stomach – it must be love. But is it? Or, is it possible that we can […]

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Getting to Know You

Psychology Of Love – Part 5 We don’t like to believe that physical attractiveness accounts for much in life, particularly since we can’t do much about it. Many people argue that beauty is only skin deep and when it comes to falling in love it takes more than a handsome face or a curvy shape. […]

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Love or Lust at First Sight?

Psychology of Love – Part 4 Since research suggests that we decide whether or not we like a person in the first 30 seconds of meeting them, it would appear the ‘love at first sight’ notion could have some merit. However, according to evolutionary theories ‘lust at first sight’ might be more accurate. From a […]

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Vive la difference: Men & Women

Psychology Of Love – Part 3 Contrary to popular beliefs, romantic ideals are not the sole province of the fair sex. Both men and women report experiencing the same levels of intensity of love. However, there are some differences between the sexes that contradict the romantic notions of the lightning strike of mutual attraction. For […]

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History of Love

Psychology Of Love – Part 2 Countless philosophers, from Plato to Sartre have devoted their writings to describing, exploring and conceptualising love, particularly with regard to our intimate relationships. In the modern Western world, we take for granted the idea that we should be passionately in love with the person we marry or set up […]

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What is this thing called love?

Pyschology Of Love – Part 1 Most people, for most of the time in their adult life, are either: looking for love, falling in love, in a loving relationship, falling out of love or broken-hearted. Since love is a powerful emotion that can take over our lives it is perhaps not surprising that it has […]

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Bibliophile’s Corner. The Earthquake Machine by Mary Pauline Lowry

On the outside, everything looks perfect in Rhonda’s world but at home she has to deal with a manipulative father who keeps her mentally ill mother hooked on pharmaceuticals. The only reliable person in Rhonda’s life is her family’s Mexican yardman, Jesús. But when the INS deports Jesús back to his home state of Oaxaca, […]

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