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Cure Your Incurable Romanticism
The next time you argue with your one true love, consider this sobering but freeing thought: Results from a recent study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology suggest that couples who see themselves as "soul mates" end up being less satisfied with their relationships than those who don't. "When problems inevitably arise, 'soul mates' start to feel they aren't a great fit after all," says Spike Lee, PhD, the study's coauthor and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. What's more, couples who think of love as a journey of ups and downs are ultimately happier even if they continue to argue. Says Lee, "They seem better able to extract deep meaning from negative experiences and learn from them."