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Relationship letters

January 19, 2016

According to this well regarded research, how you conduct the ‘startup phase’ (the first two minutes) of disagreements or disputes reliably predicts your chances of being together 5 years later. Generally, the more negative emotions you display during this initial period, the more likely your relationship is to fail.

Apparently, the best predictor of a relationship that will survive is a female partner that can initiate discussion of a problem ‘softly’ (that is without negative emotion or criticism), and can then use humour to smooth the way as the discourse progresses.