Affectionate Couples Are More Likely To Experience Divorce

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Those couples who are overly affectionate are at high risk of experiencing divorce. Researchers revealed some exciting findings about marriage and divorce. They also explored some surprising signs and suggested that too much of a good thing in the relationship can have a downside.

Too much affection might not yield good result

No married couple expects divorce and always tries to strengthen their bond. But some factors always influence a marriage’s viability like a way of living, communication style, and level of attraction and compatibility. However, researchers couldn’t mention any specific reason why a marriage ends at a certain time of a relationship. However many studies are trying to identify the most responsible factors that influence the marriage life to end in divorce. A recent study discovered an unexpected sign and it mentioned overly affectionate couples might be more likely to divorce.

Surprising research findings

The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that couples who are overly affectionate to each other are experiencing divorce more than other couples. The study followed 168 couples for 13 years and found this surprising sign of divorce. The results revealed that couples who were affectionate to each other at the beginning of marriage experienced more incidents of a split than those who didn’t display the behavior. The study authors wrote, “As newlyweds, the couples who divorced after seven or more years were almost giddily affectionate, displaying about one-third more affection than did spouses who were later happily married.”

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The main issue in immaturity

Experts stated that displaying excessive affection can be a signal of immaturity.  The presence of affection is not the influencing factor in ending a relationship. Rather it is immature mental growth that promotes divorce. Mental health expert Emily Simonian said, “If over-affection is used to compensate for unresolved issues in the marriage, it can sometimes lead to divorce,” Emily also said, “When that happens, it isn’t related to the levels of affection exclusively—it has more to do with the couple’s inability to manage or resolve conflict.”