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Psychologist Explains Why First Loves Are Actually the Strongest | InStyle feature

By Olivia Bahou

Are first loves really are the strongest? InStyle asked relationship expert Susan Winter for her thoughts on the reuniting power of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.

When Selena Gomez reunited with her on-again, off-again ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber again in 2017, I’ll admit that I joined in the chorus of groans. “You’re better than that,” we grumbled under our breath, lamenting that the star had seemingly fallen once again into a toxic relationship.

But while to some, Bieber may seem like a playboy whose record […]

Benching vs. Cushioning vs. Breadcrumbing—Dating Terms Explained | InStyle feature

BY: OLIVIA BAHOU

Nowadays, there’s seemingly a new dating term for every nuanced form of behavior. Relationship expert Susan Winter attributes our growing lexicon to the effect technology has on romance.

The guy you were talking to on Tinder suddenly stops responding? You just got ghosted. Your kind-of boyfriend is being flaky? You’re probably being benched. Or maybe you’re being breadcrumbed or cushioned—it’s hard to tell.

Why are the niche terms proliferating? here’s an “ease and lack of rules around dating,” she says. “There’s […]

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