What brings and keeps a couple together?
There is no one way to meet perspective partners. It used to be that our romantic interests were discovered in our communities like school, church or workplace. Outside of traditional cultures that arrange marriages, today people are pretty much on their own as they choose life partners.
Lately the Internet has taken to introducing available people based on mostly external considerations. Some of these dating services function better than others. Another trend which is regaining ground is matchmaking. It may be that these advisers have a better record of success because they follow the dictates of “the stars” plus they become familiar with the individuals they match up.
More folks then ever are living together without conventional ties. It’s good to hear that over 50 percent of cohabiting couples do move on to marriage. Still these unions may not be as successful as as those where the couple was formally engaged. The rates of divorce for married cohabiting couples is five times greater than for married non-cohabiting pairs. The higher occurrences of infidelity, greater financial insecurity, and young children of informal arrangements can all take their toll on new relationships.
And happily ever after does not automatically follow the marriage ceremony. According to statistics almost 50 percent of all first marriages in the United States end in separation or divorce. Second and third marriage are even less likely to succeed. The reasons for divorce tend to be serious issues which the couple finds disrupting but are not willing to face. These Irreconcilable differences are the most common grounds for divorce.
Our Dayology Research is showing that human interactions appear to reflect the dynamics of the Signatures. Regardless of social conventions we will be who we are. Maybe we are here to have certain experiences, and the lessons of others may or may not work that well with ours. Both partners must decide for themselves if the frictions is worth the outcomes.
Dayology in our Relationships a lists a number of well-known individuals playing out a variety of roles.