A 20-Year Study Figures Out the Four Types of Marriages



Researchers at Ohio State University just released the results of a 20-YEAR study . . . where they monitored 1,000 married couples for two full decades.  And they found there are four basic types of marriages.  

Validator marriages.  Couples with equal decision-making input and lower levels of conflict.  54% of people are in these marriages, and most are very happy.  These marriages have lower levels of divorce.

Avoider marriages.  6% of couples follow “traditional” gender roles . . . wives do housework, husbands make money, and divorce is NOT an option.  Believe it or not, they don’t fight often . . . since there’s no chance at divorce, it’s not worth arguing.

Volatile marriages.  20% of people are in marriages with HIGH conflict . . . but also high levels of happiness.  Basically, the highs are very high, and the lows are very low.  They have a decent chance of divorcing.

Hostile marriages.  20% of people are in marriages where they fight constantly and are ALSO miserable.  These couples almost always get divorced.

The study also found that the amount of fighting in a relationship rarely changes over time.  So if you fight constantly in your first few years, you’ll keep on fighting that much forever.  If you don’t, you won’t.


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