Is “Mistress” a Bad Word?

Flashback a few years ago to the infamous affair that brought down Gen. David Petraeus, then the director of the C.I.A. Do you remember his partner in crime, Ms. Paula Broadwell, the married military officer and mother who was his biographer and mentee before becoming his mistress? Well, nearly four years later, she’s back in … Continued

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Think You Have a Cheating Spouse? There’s an App for That

Ever worry that your partner is cheating on you? Fret no more—there’s an app for that. Actually, there are a lot of apps for that. There’s a digital buffet of apps, devices, and services for snooping and spying on your significant other to find out if he or she is fooling around. The means and … Continued

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Yes, Those Ashley Madison Users Got What They Deserved

The recent hack of the adultery website AshleyMadison.com was the kind of digital earthquake that sends devastating, long-lasting shockwaves through the Internet. For many, the first shock was learning that a website devoted exclusively to facilitating infidelity even exists. Then, there was the aftershock that the site boasts close to forty million American users. Finally, … Continued

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Monica Lewinsky’s Comeback

Monica Lewinsky is back—and her return to the public sphere has been greeted with both applause and derision throughout the media and general public, as many suggest that she’s using her past scandal as fuel for fame. We may view her return dubiously, especially in light of Hillary Clinton’s likely upcoming campaign for president. And … Continued

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Good People Have Affairs Too

In my class on the psychology of happiness, one of the most obvious pieces of advice I give to maintain relationship happiness is to avoid affairs. Every time I teach about this topic I ask my 100 students the same question: how many of you are certain that if you decide to get married you … Continued

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