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The pandemic blew up some carefully constructed ‘polycules.’ Bilyana Stoyanovska/EyeEm via Getty Images

Polyamorous relationships under severe strain during the pandemic

For single people, finding at least one partner has been hard enough. But for those used to juggling multiple relationships, the pandemic has forced them to rethink dating altogether.
Our beliefs about our romantic partner act like a pair of tinted glasses that colour our experience of our partner. (Shutterstock)

‘Relationship glasses’ shape how we see the good, the bad and the ugly in romantic partners

People create beliefs about their romantic partner that affect how they respond to them and interpret their behaviour. These beliefs can act as rose-tinted glasses, or as a darker lens.
Signs of a fraying relationship can appear in subtle ways. Betsie Van der Meer via Getty Images

Evidence of an impending breakup may exist in everyday conversation – months before either partner realizes their relationship is tanking

Psycholinguistic researchers analyzed more than 1 million Reddit posts a year before and a year after users posted about their breakup.
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What is love?

Many people experience love differently. But regardless of the differences in how it's experienced and how it changes over time, humans are social creatures who are deeply fascinated by it. 

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