Negative vibes from spouse makes interaction better: study

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Wasington, Feb 8 (UNI) Do not panic if once in a while you feel your spouse is getting on the nerves, those negative vibes can actually help you interact more.

If researchers from the University of Michigan are to be believed, negatives in a marital relationsip add up to be positive as with time, the negativity makes couple to come in contact more , thus increasing the interaction.

''As we age, and become closer and more comfortable with one another, it could be that we're more able to express ourselves to each other. In other words, it's possible that negativity is a normal aspect of close relationships that include a great deal of daily contact.'' said researcher Kira Birditt.

After analysing the long-term patterns of relationship negativity among more than 800 adults ages 20 and older, the researchers found that increase in negativity over time helped the spouses to interact well, te Science Daily reported.

''The increases in negativity over time may be indicative of learned patterns of interaction which have been reinforced and tend to persist over time,'' Birditt said.

For the analysis, Birditt and colleagues Lisa Jackey and Toni Antonucci looked at individual changes over time and also at differences among people at different stages in life-- young, middle-aged and older adults. Participants in the study were interviewed first in 1992 and again in 2005.

At both points in time, older adults (age 60-plus) had the least negative relationships with spouses, children and friends.

Participants in their 20s and 30s reported having the most negative relationships overall.


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