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Our 4 Key Relationship Factors

We’ve discussed the strategy behind our psychology assessment, now, we have all four relationship factors broken down to help you understand our test even better! This way, you feel knowledgeable about our test kit and go into it fully prepared, no surprises. Remember, these four relationship factors have been tested in correlation to marital satisfaction and long term relationship success. This part of our compatibility test is a questionnaire built to help you and your partner better understand your psychological compatibility. 1. Social Behavior The social interaction pattern assesses whether you seek out togetherness or prefer solitude, whether you prefer to be in the background or foreground of social interaction. In essence, are you most comfortable among people, or do you prefer your own company?

Santa or Scrooge – the genetics of generosity

It’s that time of year again. That time when we rack our brains to come up with the perfect gift for friends and family. Some of us dread it, some of us even loathe it, but yet some of us absolutely love it. There are people who might even say that gifting is a science. While scientists have yet to find the ‘gifting gene’, they have uncovered a connection between our genes and generosity. Two key hormones that play a key role in our social behavior are vasopressin and oxytocin, also sometimes referred to as the ‘love drug’. In controlled lab settings, volunteers given doses of oxytocin were found to be more sociable.

The economics of marriage: to have and to hold expenses

When we think about marriage, a lot of us think about falling madly in love and living the rest of our life in bliss.  Or some of us might churn at the idea believing that marriage is the worst thing for a relationship.  But there is another way to see marriage.  Because marriage is supposed to be about love many do not consider that there is a large economic benefit to marriage. Indeed, it can be argued that marriage is so common simply because it’s beneficial economically and has nothing to do with love. To put it simply, marriage offers many benefits to both the man and woman that are hard to ignore. These benefits include: lowered cost of living; a support system for difficult or unforeseen situations; and sharing the workload.

Truth About 3 Popular Aphrodisiacs

With Valentine’s Day in our midst, many couples are planning for a romantic evening. Perhaps one of the most romantic gestures is cooking for your loved one. While searching for the perfect romantic meal perhaps you’ve decided to add aphrodisiacs to your menu in the hopes of making the romance stretch beyond dinner. We’ve all heard of aphrodisiacs, but is there any actual science behind these claims?

DNA Dating: Why I got my relationship compatibility tested for Valentine’s Day.

This article was originally posted by Jelena Djurkic on MaRS news blog here.   The wedding is still on. Last year, I got engaged to my boyfriend of seven years. Last week, I took a DNA test to see just how genetically compatible we are. Toronto biotech startup Instant Chemistry offers genetic testing that can help determine relationship compatibility with a potential partner. Originally designed to help singles narrow down prospective matches, the company has also found success with young couples looking to test their genetic fit. With more people turning to their laptops and apps to find love—25% of Canadians have tried online dating—codifying attraction at a glance based on gender, location, sexual preference, religion and so on is becoming the norm. So why not add genetics into the mix? In honour of Valentine’s Day, I decided to give Instant Chemistry a try with my fiancé. What did our results reveal?
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