THIS Can Predict How Much Proximity You’ll Have in Your Relationship
Every person in a serious relationship wonders how close they should be, but it really depends on the couple. There are two people in every relationship, each with their own personalities. Their personalities, and how they match up, will go a long way in predicting how close a relationship will be.
How Personality Affects Closeness Is Different for Men and Women
According to a study on adult attachment and relationship quality by Collins, Nancy L. and Read, Stephen J., certain aspects of your own personality can determine how happy you are in your relationship, but it might depend on your gender. The study found that how comfortable a woman is with closeness is an important factor in her relationship quality. For men, how anxious they were about being abandoned or unloved was a more common factor.
Another study at Florida State University found that the closeness of a relationship for women in particular was correlated with 5 personality traits–openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism. The study followed 278 newlywed couples for two weeks. Closeness in the relationship went up the more agreeable and open the woman in the relationship was.
Dr. Andrea Meltzer, an author of the study, is not surprised at all by these results. Men have a tendency to be more interested in being close and will initiate more often than women in general. Therefore, if a woman is more open and agreeable, she is more likely to be receptive to her husband’s advances. However, the study didn’t show if these more agreeable women were closer to their husbands because they wanted to please them or because they genuinely enjoyed the closeness.
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