Friday, May 30, 2014

If Your Significant Other Has Low Self-Control, It's Likely S/He Will Infect You

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Melissa Dahl
So you’re a money-saving, exercising, healthy-eating, generally “together” type. Your significant other is … not. 
It would be nice if your good habits rubbed off on your partner, but a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research suggests the opposite is more likely: the person with low self-control will drag the couple down to his or her level. 
More on the research here:
Through a series of studies involving both real-world couples and pairs of students in a laboratory setting, the authors observed that when both people in a relationship have high levels of self-control, they are better able to save more money, buy healthier foods, and stick to tasks longer than in a relationship where both partners have low levels of self-control.
Interestingly, when one person in a relationship has high self-control and the other has low self-control, the couple generally makes joint decisions similar to those where both partners have low self-control.
The researchers, Hristina Dzhogleva of Boston College and Cait Poynor Lamberton of the University of Pittsburgh, believe that this happens because people with naturally high levels of self-control also know how to keep a relationship together, which usually means compromising for the sake of avoiding conflict. 

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