Magazine article Psychology Today

Better Loving. through Romcoms

Magazine article Psychology Today

Better Loving. through Romcoms

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BOOSTING THE ODDS that you'll stay with your partner costs no more than a cheap date. In a recent study, couples instructed to watch and discuss five romantic movies were about half as likely to divorce in the following three years, compared with a control group. Watching allowed them to compare the ways film characters confronted challenges with their own methods. "Couples kind of know what they're doing well and what they're doing poorly," says Ronald Rogge, a clinical psychologist at the University of Rochester. "All we need to do is help them take some time to focus on that." The movies to watch depict both the highs and lows of long-term relationships. -AmyNordrum

DATE NIGHT

An attempt to spice up their marriage leads a suburban couple (Tina Fey and Steve Carelll on a comic crime spree through New York City. "Although the plot takes them through some very unusual circumstances," Rogge says, "it shows them interacting with each other, both well and poorly, in very realistic ways. …

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