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Depression erodes intimate relationships. A depressed person can be withdrawn, needy, or hostile—and give little back. But there’s another way that depression isolates partners from each other. It chips away at the ability to perceive the others’ thoughts and feelings. It impairs what psychologists call “empathic accuracy” —and that can exacerbate alienation, depression, and the cycle by which they feed each other.... More>
Looking at your marriage through rose colored glasses may be more beneficial than being realistic. A study published in Psychological Science found that people who unrealistically viewed their partner as ideal when they got married were more satisfied with their marriage three years later than people who were less idealistic in their judgments.... More>