Relationship Advice

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The current work investigates how personality and interpersonal processes combine to predict change in relationship quality. Measures of personality and emotion similarity were collected during laboratory interactions from a cross-sectional sample of dating couples (Study 1) and a 1-year longitudinal study of newlywed married couples (Study 2). Results showed that emotion similarity mediated the association between personality similarity and relationship quality (Studies 1 and 2) and that emotion convergence mediated the association between personality convergence and relationship satisfaction (Study 2). These results indicate that similarity and convergence in personality may benefit relationships by promoting similarity and convergence in partners’ shared emotional experiences. Findings also lend support to models that integrate partners’ enduring traits and couples’ adaptive processes as antecedents of relationship outcomes. Uhh, yes, a guy should have both empathy and respect for his girlfriend. And if he has those things, then he won’t pressure her into doing sexual stuff she doesn’t want. But… you don’t really need impressive amounts of respect and empathy, you just need to NOT BE A RAPIST. This is bare-minimum-of-human-decency level stuff. This is a really really weird example to give if you want to illustrate how to respect and care about each other in … Read more