Magazine article Work & Family Life

Partner's Reaction to Good News Counts, Too

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Partner's Reaction to Good News Counts, Too

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Researchers who study relationships have learned a lot about couples' long-term prospects based on how they get through the rough patches: their arguments, stresses over work, money problems and so forth.

Now a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology suggests that how couples respond to each other's good news is an even more critical factor in either tightening-or underminingthe couple's bond.

In this study, UCLA psychologist Shelly Gable and her colleagues asked couples who had dated for at least six months about their partner's reaction to positive events in the other person's life. Also, the couples' interactions as they discussed these events were filmed.

Obviously, being supportive is better for a relationship than being detached. Other studies have found that couples who use sarcasm or lace their arguments with mean jabs are often headed for a split. …

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