Washington: Common wisdom says that feeling close to your romantic partner is key to having a lasting and fulfilling relationship.But a new study has found that it`s not how close you feel that matters most, it`s whether you are as close as you want to be, even if that`s really not close at all."Our study found that people who yearn for a more intimate partnership and people who crave more distance are equally at risk for having a problematic relationship," said the study`s lead author, David M. Frost, PhD, of Columbia University`s Mailman School of Public Health."If you want to experience your relationship as healthy and rewarding, it`s important that you find a way to attain your idealized level of closeness with your partner," he stated.A sample of 732 men and women, living across the U.S. and Canada, completed three yearly surveys online. They answered questions about relationship closeness, relationship satisfaction, commitment, break-up thoughts, and symptoms of depression. Current and ideal closeness were assessed by choosing from six sets of overlapping circles; varying degrees of overlap signified degrees of closeness.This well-established psychological measure of closeness is known as Inclusion of Other in Self and indicates a couple`s "we-ness" or shared identity, values, viewpoints, resources, and personality traits.
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