But Can It Last?

loveluckofthedrawBianca Acevedo, Ph.D. and Arthur Aron, PhD, reviewed 25 studies with 6,070 individuals in short- and long-term relationships. According to research findings in the March issue of Review of General Psychology: More relationship satisfaction = happier, with higher self-esteem. AND:
• Passionate love, which includes feelings of uncertainty and anxiety, has an obsessive component that helps drive shorter relationships. More passion, more satisfaction. In short-term relationships. But not in long-term relationships.
• Companion-like love? Moderately associated with satisfaction in both short- and long-term relationships.
• Romantic love has the intensity, engagement and sexual chemistry that passionate love has, minus the obsessive component. Greater romantic love, more satisfaction in both short- and long-term relationships. Over the long haul, Romantic relationships don’t have to morph into companionship/friendship.
Romance can last.
What’s this got to do with the recession? It’s a stretch, but: SOME THINGS CAN LAST. And here comes the corny but true part: those are things that matter more over the long haul.
Copyright © 2009 Marlin S. Potash. All rights reserved.

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