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Love & Affection

The Many Ways to Be Agentically Single: Guest Post by Kristen Bernhardt

[Bella’s intro: For far too long, single life has been neglected by scholars who instead pour all their energy and attention into the study of marriage. So when I learn about new scholars who are studying single life, I am delighted. That is especially true when their work is superb. That was my impression of a thesis, “Party of One,” by Kristen “Edie” Bernhardt. It inspired me to spend some time updating my knowledge of...
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Love & Affection

If You Have High Self-Esteem, Are You More Likely to Stay Single than Start a Dubious Romantic Relationship?

What does self-esteem have to do with it? That was the question two social scientists asked about the topic of starting a romantic relationship. From their study of more than 9,000 people, who participated in the research for three years, the authors were able to figure out whether people who had higher self-esteem were more likely to start a new romantic relationship. (More details about the study, and the answers it provided to other questions about self-esteem and romantic relationships, are here.)

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