Should Spouses Be Demanding Less From Marriage? A Contextual Perspective on the Implications of Interpersonal Standards.

@article{Mcnulty2016ShouldSB,
  title={Should Spouses Be Demanding Less From Marriage? A Contextual Perspective on the Implications of Interpersonal Standards.},
  author={James K Mcnulty},
  journal={Personality & social psychology bulletin},
  year={2016},
  volume={42 4},
  pages={444-57}
}
How much should people ask of their relationships? Whereas several perspectives suggest high standards should make actual outcomes feel worse by comparison and thus harm relationships, other perspectives suggest high standards should motivate people to exert the effort necessary to cultivate quality partnerships. The current 4-year longitudinal study of newlywed couples reconciled these competing perspectives by testing a prediction implicit in Finkel, Hui, Carswell, and Larson's suffocation… CONTINUE READING