Test Reveals How Newlyweds Really Feel

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Scientists have come up with a test that reveals how newlyweds really feel about each other, thus predicting how long their wedded life will remain one of bliss.

Scientists have come up with a test that reveals how newlyweds really feel about each other, thus predicting how long their wedded life will remain one of bliss.

It works by ignoring what people say about their betrothed, instead measuring their gut feelings.

To get to the truth, researchers asked 135 just married couples to talk about their unions and assign to them a single word such as ‘good’ or ‘dissatisfying.

Not surprisingly, all of them had great things to say.

Next, each was shown an image of their spouse for about a third of a second.

Again, they were asked to quickly qualify their feelings with a single positive or negative word and, just like in the previous exercise, the answers mostly reflected happiness.

The verbal responses, however, were not what the scientists were measuring.

They were clocking response times and using them as a true indicator of the individual’s gut feelings.

Couples continued to be questioned every six months for four years, and over time, scientists saw a trend emerge.

Those who had negative gut reactions in the beginning tended to experience marital problems as the relationship progressed.

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