by Sunny Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:08 am
A new study suggests that going on a double date may be more effective at reigniting passion in your own relationship than the classic candlelit dinner for two.
According to the research, striking up a friendship with another couple in which you discuss personal details of your life will bring you closer to your own partner. "Passionate love is one of the first dimensions of love to decrease in couples over time as the newness of a relationship begins to wane," Keith Welker, a doctoral student at Wayne State University, said. "Relationships have widely been thought to flourish and develop in a broader network of social relationships, while emerging research has suggested that novel, arousing experiences can increase feelings of passionate love," he said. The new research fuses together the two research areas, showing that novel, high-self-disclosure interactions with other couples can increase feelings of passionate love. Such interactions, the researchers said, may cause us to perceive our partners and the relationship in a new light. Welker, with his adviser Rich Slatcher, had previously studied how self-disclosure increased closeness within couples.
They wanted to extend the research to investigate how self-disclosure between couples affects closeness and feelings of passionate love.