Geneva [Switzerland], September 12 Morning India: Romantic partners over the long term are more likely to influence each other’s goals, according to a recent study. This means that what one partner in a two-person relationship wishes to avoid or achieve, so too does the other partner.
These effects can be observed regardless of gender, age and length of the relationship, as researchers from the University of Basel report in a study of more than 450 couples.
The research team from the University of Basel’s Faculty of Psychology wanted to examine the short- and long-term interdependence of approach goals and avoidance goals within couples. The participants reported whether they had tried to avoid conflicts or share meaningful experiences with their partner that day. This was followed by an analysis of how the information affected the goals of the partner.