Essential Psychology Of Relationships

Relationships are your most important assets. The more you have and the higher their quality, the better your life will be. Good relationships keep us happy, improve our careers, and help us make more money.

It makes sense, then, that you should put a lot of time and effort into creating the best connections you can. Here are the top ten articles from Riskology on the art and science of building great relationships.

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01. The Art (And Science) Of Making Great First Impressions

There are millions of articles filled with tips for how to make better first impressions. But how many are actually tested and based in sound science? Here’s what decades of cumulative research say will actually help you make a great (or horrible) first impression in any situation.

02. 13 Rules for Being Alone and Being Happy About It

Part of building strong relationships is also knowing that you can be strong and comfortable alone. This piece has some tips for how to develop that inner-strength and, to date, it’s the most popular article on the whole site.

03. For Introverts: How To Manage Your Overwhelming Social Calendar

Avoiding coffee, scheduling back-to-back meetings, and creating time constraints for get-togethers: These are the tools of the sane introvert with a busy schedule. Use them to foster better connections without feeling overwhelmed.

04. How to Start [and End] a Conversation

Once a conversation is flowing, it’s easy to maintain. The challenge for most of us lies in starting it on the right track and ending it on our own terms. This article has a step-by-step system for how to start and end a conversation as well as a number of tips from others in the Riskology community.

05. Attachment Style: There Are 4 Ways To Build Connections (But Only 1 Works)

Most of us go our whole life without realizing the fundamentals of our personality and how we build relationships with others. Worse, there are usually a few simple things you can do to improve if only you knew what they were. Read this piece to identify your own “attachment style” and how it affects the success of the connections you build.

06. Impressing Vs. Connecting: Try This To Avoid Loneliness

It’s normal to want to share all the great things going on in your life. We often lead with these things when we’re building new relationships because we want to impress. But, it’s not the most effective way to build a connection. If you feel like your life is epic—but you’re lonely—this could be why. Here’s what to do about it.

07. The Psychology of Dressing Well (And Why You Must To Get Anywhere In Life)

Did you know you listen with your eyes just as much as you do with your ears? The majority of communication is actually non-verbal, and the clothes you wear can change what people hear you say and how you say it. This article explains the psychology of dressing well and how to do it to send them message you want.

08. I Could Never Remember Names. Now, I Can Never Forget Them

If you think remembering someone’s name is unimportant, remind yourself how you felt the last time someone forgot yours. This piece will teach you a simple, five-step process to help you master the art of introductions and remember someone’s name from the first time you hear it.

09. My Coffee Date with a Fortune 500 CEO: The 5-Email Challenge for Intelligent Introverts

When I was in college, I emailed the CEO of the company I was interning for and asked for a lunch date. Everyone was surprised when he replied, but I wasn’t. It’s not actually hard to get the attention of busy, valuable people. This article will show you how to do it.

10. Happy People Know Relationships Take Work

Research on relationships shows that if you want strong, long-lasting connections, you have to develop the right mindset. This article debunks the myth of “destiny” in relationships and explains the science of how the happiest people build life-long connections.

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