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Break-up: It’s Not as Bad as You Think

image source: www.instructables.comCan you accurately predict how bad you’d feel if your relationship breaks up? To study this question, researchers asked undergraduates to predict how they’d feel if their current relationship ended. Then the research team tracked the undergraduates over several months and waited for those relationships to break-up. The researchers then asked the same participants how they actually felt now that their relationships were over. Turns out people overestimate how bad they will feel following a break-up, especially those who are in love. So if you’re staying in a relationship because you think the break-up will be awful and devastating, you should realize that it may not be so bad. This is especially true if you’re in a bad or abusive relationship (read more here).

Eastwick, P. W., Finkel, E. J., Krishnamurti, T., & Loewenstein, G. (2008). Mispredicting distress following romantic breakup: Revealing the time course of the affective forecasting error. Journal Of Experimental Social Psychology, 44(3), 800-807. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2007.07.001

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An obvious and disappointing failing in this study is the exclusive use of undergraduates.

I appreciate that the major conclusion is possibly indicative of people at large. However, we need to admit that undergraduates are not fully developed, emotionally. Furthermore, as adults tend to depend on their partners (because of smaller social circles, etc.) much more so than students, this would thus exacerbate a relationship's demise.

October 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDarryl
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