Openness In Marriage

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Other scholars, however, argue against the positive impact of openness. One research study found that openness was strongly linked to a higher probability of divorce for both men and women due to the need for change and variety (Lundberg, 2012). The same study also identified a strong association between openness and long-term singlehood for women” (p.17). In accordance with these results, Jokela and colleagues (2011) also connected openness to experience with lower probability of marriage, as well as delayed timing of marriage and childbearing for both sexes. Other researchers found openness to be the least predictive trait of relationship satisfaction (Claxton, O’Rourke, Smith & DeLongis, 2011). Even so, husbands’ higher perception of their …show more content…
High levels of agreeableness were found to be a significant predictor of relationship satisfaction among intimate couples (Malouff et. al, 2010). According to Donnellan and colleagues (2004), agreeableness has a significant influence on interpersonal interaction within relationships. Their findings showed that when couples had higher levels of agreeableness, there were decreased negative interactions between them because agreeable couples are less likely to engage in harmful interactions or destructive communication patterns. Interestingly, agreeableness was additionally linked to an earlier age of marriage for men compared to their less agreeable counterparts (Jokela, Alvergne, Pollet & Lummaa, 2011). Lundberg (2012) also found that agreeableness increased the likelihood of women to get married. Although these researchers mostly agreed that agreeableness had a positive impact in relationships and served as individual predictors of getting married, the study by Boertien et al. (2015) portrayed agreeableness as a trait unrelated to the likelihood of divorce, rather than leading to decreased probability of separation as other the other studies …show more content…
Not only do they affect interaction and communication, but they also affect relationship duration and satisfaction. Despite the contradicting findings on extraversion and openness, researchers seem to be in fair agreement with each other on the negative influence of neuroticism and the positive impact of conscientiousness and agreeableness. However, other research stills indicates that these three individual traits are unrelated to relationship quality. The Big Five trait theory appears to be the most common construct to use when measuring personality and relationships, however, other constructs continue to be used based on the individual research designs. As the field of personality research continues to expand, further research will lead to a greater understanding of how personality traits of individuals influence the formation and quality of long-term, romantic

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