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We object to the vitriol in public discourse today, but 19th century commentators were equally up-in-arms over the abuse of a romantic institution.
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It is possible to stop recreating destructive patterns.
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Does the secret to romantic sales success actually lie in an appeal to our cynicism?
Religious and secular festivals followed the rhythm of the seasons to provide a balance between work, prayer and leisure for medieval Britons.
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Looking for a lifelong Valentine? Psychologists suggest taking a closer look at your best friend. The things we want in a good friend are many of the same things we expect from a romantic partner.
Data from swiping apps like Tinder are giving researchers a window into how dating and relationships could be changing.
This universal symbol of love has proven remarkably divisive.
Despite the escapist nature of these romance novels, there is a considerable amount of realism contained within their pages.
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How about some fowl play this Medieval Valentine’s day?
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When it comes to dating, take Nietzsche's advice and have the big picture – finding a lifelong friend – in mind.
Why it's harder to find love with a learning difficulty.
We still look to plants, animals and foods to increase sexual desire, prowess or pleasure. But the scientific evidence shows experimenting with "natural" supplements can be risky.
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Researchers have tried for many years to understand the nature of romantic love. But it remains a mystery.