Dating dilema

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" Rather than answering the question directly, Tabak gives a generic description of his work, saying his research is more about the cognitive processes behind first impressions, and then he quickly changes the subject.

University of Cincinnati clinical psychology graduate student Jenessa Price also finds herself hesitant to divulge much about her psychology training early in a relationship.

In fact, I decided to stop all behavior that had anything to do with romantic relationships. You’ve been left behind and will never find what you want.

It’s not that I don’t want to be in love or to have a partner—I do. These thoughts would be hilarious if they didn’t feel so real.

"Those skills can give you some important insights into a relationship," Price says.

"If I'm faithful — which I am — there shouldn't be a problem." Lehigh University counseling psychology student Brandon Knettel says his training in multicultural psychology course has helped him better understand the intolerance and racism he experienced in his small, mostly white town in rural Minnesota.

To expand his world view, he sought out volunteer and practicum work with underserved populations and taught for six months in Tanzania — experiences that left him more open to starting a relationship with his now-fiancé, a first-generation Indian American.

Though his psychology expertise sometimes puts off potential partners, Tabak's studies have, on balance, been a boon to his romantic life, he says.

For his master's thesis, he studied "gaydar" — our ability to recognize sexual orientation through observation or intuition.

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