MEN, WOMEN AND MARRIAGE

24. June 2010, 20:55 | by WD Milner | Full Article

What keeps a marriage going? Not surprisingly there is a fair bit of agreement between men and women on the top reasons. But after the first seven, opinions differ, often dramatically.

The following is an extract of data from an article and survey from Psychology Today magazine I found while sorting some old papers. While a bit dated, it is still a useful insight. It would be interesting to see what a followup study in say five years might turn up by way of comparison.

Top Items That Keep A Marriage Going
MENWOMEN
My spouse is my best friend.My spouse is my best friend.
I like my spouse as a person.I like my spouse as a person.
Marriage is a long-term commitment.Marriage is a long-term commitment.
Marriage is sacred.Marriage is sacred.
We agree on aims and goals.We agree on aims and goals.
My spouse has grown more interesting.My spouse has grown more interesting.
I want the relationship to succeed.I want the relationship to succeed.
An enduring marriage is important to social stability.We laugh together.
We laugh together.We agree on how and how often to show affection.
I am proud of my spouse’s achievements.We agree on a philosophy of life.
We agree on a philosophy of life.An enduring marriage is important to social stability.
We agree about our sex life.We have a stimulating exchange of ideas.
We agree on how and how often to show affection.We discuss things calmly
I confide in my spouse.We agree about our sex life.
We share outside hobbies and interests.I am proud of my spouse’s achievements.

Disparate matches are colour coded.

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