On-Off Romantic Relationships

Amber Vennum

An on-again off-again relationship is when people date, break-up and then date again. These renewed relationships suffer from a host of maladies. Is there ever a time when it's ok to get back with an ex?

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Topics:
  • Breaking Up
    What we know about break ups. The process of leaving and recovering from the ending of a relationship
    Commitment
    The role of commitment in romantic relationships and how to navigate it
    Ex-partners
    Understanding and managing the impact of ex-partners still in the picture (as friends, co-workers, or co-parents)
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Decision Making in Relationships
    From every day moments to large relationship transitions: understanding and improving decision making in romantic relationships
  • Relationship Sacrifice

    Natalie Pennington

    Is it worth it to give in to your partner all the time? 

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    Topics:
  • Commitment
    The role of commitment in romantic relationships and how to navigate it
    Communication & Conflict
    The delicate art of communication in romantic relationships
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Decision Making in Relationships
    From every day moments to large relationship transitions: understanding and improving decision making in romantic relationships
    Media & Technology
    The influence of media and technology on romantic relationships
    Preventing Relationship Distress & Instability
    Factors that decrease risk and increase protective factors of romantic relationships
    Relationship Maintenance
    Ways to keep your relationship working and healthy
  • Weak and Strong Links: Asymmetrical Commitment in Unmarried Relationships

    Scott Sibley

    Wonderful article by Dr. Scott Stanley! If you desire lasting love, don't wait too long to clarify if your partner wants the same future.

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    Topics:
  • Commitment
    The role of commitment in romantic relationships and how to navigate it
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Decision Making in Relationships
    From every day moments to large relationship transitions: understanding and improving decision making in romantic relationships
  • Ways to Love Freely Without Losing Yourself

    Relevate Account

    Boundaries in relationships don't have to ruin the romance. They provide protection for our hearts and also free us up to love more fully. Check out these 5 steps for setting up healthy boundaries in relationships. 

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    Topics:
  • Commitment
    The role of commitment in romantic relationships and how to navigate it
    Communication & Conflict
    The delicate art of communication in romantic relationships
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Decision Making in Relationships
    From every day moments to large relationship transitions: understanding and improving decision making in romantic relationships
    Maintaining Self in Relationships
    Balancing personal and relationship identity development
    Preventing Relationship Distress & Instability
    Factors that decrease risk and increase protective factors of romantic relationships
    Relationship Maintenance
    Ways to keep your relationship working and healthy
  • Campus Sex...With a Syllabus

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    Lessons about consent have been few and far between for many. Check out what Jonathan Kalin, founder of the organization Party with Consent has to say about the messages received from media about sex and how this contrasts with real life. 

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    Topics:
  • Physical, Emotional, & Sexual Violence
    Preventing, identifying, reducing, ending, and recovering from all types of relationship aggression (physical, emotional, and sexual)
    Decision Making in Relationships
    From every day moments to large relationship transitions: understanding and improving decision making in romantic relationships
    Social Pressure & Support
    Understanding and managing the influence of friends and family on romantic relationships and vice-versa
    Media & Technology
    The influence of media and technology on romantic relationships
    Relationship Education
    Accessing knowledge to enhance your positive contributions to a relationship in the present or future
    Risky Behaviors
    Learning what behaviors put you and your relationship at risk for distress and ways to create more adaptive behaviors
    Sexuality
    Development, culture, and values related to human sexuality and talking about sex in relationships
  • Anger and the Couple's Bed

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    Couples that share a bed can find themselves in a heated argument at the inconvenient time before a night of sleep. What do they do? Stay awake and talk it out, no matter how long it takes or how tired they are? Sleep on it? Make a brief connection before going to bed even if it's unresolved? See what different couples said they do in this situation as told by Dr. Paul Rosenblatt.

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    Topics:
  • Cohabitation
    Understanding living together: the ins, the outs, and the how-tos
    Communication & Conflict
    The delicate art of communication in romantic relationships
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Decision Making in Relationships
    From every day moments to large relationship transitions: understanding and improving decision making in romantic relationships
    Forgiveness
    Understanding and navigating forgiveness and atonement in romantic relationships
    Marriage
    The civil, religious, and relational aspects of marriage and how to make it successful
    Stress, Resilience, & Coping
    How to manage stress coming from outside or inside a romantic relationship
  • One-Night Stand Regrets May Differ for Men and Women

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    For men and women it seems that any regrets experienced after one-night stands are different based on gender. In this research, women were more likely to report regretting having the one-night stand and didn't report feeling sorry when they said no. Contrastly, men reported unhappiness with saying no, although some did report regrets of casual sex. See details of this science here!

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    Topics:
  • Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Decision Making in Relationships
    From every day moments to large relationship transitions: understanding and improving decision making in romantic relationships
    Gender Identity & Roles
    Gender identity: how it develops over time, how it plays out in romantic relationships, and strategies for negotiating roles in relationships
    Sexuality
    Development, culture, and values related to human sexuality and talking about sex in relationships
  • Couples Who are Fair About Housework Have More Sex

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    What do household chores have to do with sex? Some researchers have evidence that couples who share more housework have less sex. Newer research offers a different perspective, however. It seems that people in egalitarian marriages are actually having more sex now as things are changing regarding how sexual roles are viewed in partnerships. Check out the research on this difference.

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    Topics:
  • Decision Making in Relationships
    From every day moments to large relationship transitions: understanding and improving decision making in romantic relationships
    Gender Identity & Roles
    Gender identity: how it develops over time, how it plays out in romantic relationships, and strategies for negotiating roles in relationships
    Marriage
    The civil, religious, and relational aspects of marriage and how to make it successful
    Sexuality
    Development, culture, and values related to human sexuality and talking about sex in relationships
    Values
    Recognizing and understanding how partners’ values (e.g., adventure, commitment, humor, etc.) influence expectations and behaviors in romantic relationships