Study: Women Are Happier in Relationships When Their Partner Knows They're Miserable
Mar 07, 2012 12:31
A recent study shows that women are happier in relationships when men know they're miserable. Does that even make sense? Men on the other hand, are simply just happy when their partner is happy.
The research appeared in the Journal of Family Psychology, and it shows that men and woman have the ability to tell when the other is happy or upset and that is closely linked to relationship satisfaction. The study analyzed 156 heterosexual couples from a diverse range of backgrounds and involved each participant to describe a frustrating, disappointing or upsetting incident they encounted with their partner.
The study would have them talk the issue out with their partner and later rate emotions on a positive to negative scale and fill in a questionaire about their relationship satisfaction. The data was used to ascertain what bearing empathy and mood had on the success of relationships.
The result? Woman are far happier in relationships when men can work out when they were unhappy. Woman are actually happier in relationships at points in time when their partner know they are currently miserable.
As for men, complexity isn't a friend. Men are simply just happier in their relationships when their partner is happier. Shiri Cohen, one of the researchers, explained to Science Daily:
"It could be that for women, seeing that their male partner is upset reflects some degree of the man's investment and emotional engagement in the relationship, even during difficult times. This is consistent with what is known about the dissatisfaction women often experience when their male partner becomes emotionally withdrawn and disengaged in response to conflict."
Today's world makes it easy for anyone to find out who they are meeting before they even meet. So it makes sense that your in-laws to be would have checked you out in this manner: What does he like? What crazy stupid thing has he done, you wonder? Let's see if I'll pre-approve him before meeting him. Read more
As far as wingsuits go, there probably isn't any other sport which has extreme adrenaline pumping through your veins. But just flying around isn't enough. You've got to get on the down-low to do some crazy things. Literally. This daredevil flew so low he could high five a giant hand waiting for him. Read more
IKEA wanted to find out what kids really want for Christmas so they invited 10 families over to participate in an experiment. The children were asked to write two letters, one to Santa and another to their parents. But what they wrote to their parents, made them cry. Read more