Apr 8th 2010 By Jeremy Taylor
Our happy hour fact to amaze your drinking buddies with.
Those who have the ability to view themselves objectively and behave in a way that is consistent with their beliefs get more out of romantic relationships.
Researchers at Ohio State University gave 62 college-age couples three separate tests pertaining to their personalities and relationship health
. They found a clear correlation between those possessing "dispositional authenticity" -- which more or less means "the ability to stay true to yourself" -- and those reporting positive romantic relationships.
People with dispositional authenticity are more intimate with their partners and usually display fewer destructive relationship behaviors. Interestingly, whereas men who have this trait usually date women who are the same way; women with dispositional authenticity are no more likely to have a partner who is true to himself.
This discrepancy is responsible for the plot of many romantic comedies
and perhaps the entire chick-lit genre.