Author: Amy Muise, M.S.

How to “Warm” Things Up on Your Next Date

This new Science of Relationships post about physical warmth is interesting; they summarize some research in which physical warmth (such as a warm drink) translated to feelings of interpersonal warmth towards another person. This is especially relevant considering how important we know interpersonal warmth to be. In a brief study we presented last year at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, we found that warmth is an important factor in dating: heterosexual men with a warm interpersonal style were more likely to be in a relationship, and reported greater satisfaction with their love-lives. Warmth is by no means the only factor determining dating success, but it is important.

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If you want to be perceived as warm and friendly on your next date, bring your date a hot cup of coffee or encourage him or her to order the soup. Researchers have found that physical warmth can influence our perceptions of another person’s psychological warmth.

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Do Nice Guys Really Finish Last?

Interesting post at Science of Relationships summarizing some research on “nice guys.” As it turns out, it isn’t as straightforward as many people assume.

The post is definitely worth a read:

We often hear tales of women forsaking the nice, kind, dependable man for the brooding, confident bad boy, but do women really prefer bad boys? New research from the University of British Columbia suggests that perhaps they do, at least in terms of sexual attractiveness.

Across two studies, women rated happy, smiling men as less attractive than proud, confident men. The opposite pattern emerged for men’s ratings of women; happy women were rated as more attractive than proud women.

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