The Science of Breakups: Why Calling Things Off Is Easier Said Than Done

October 3, 2014 2:33 PM

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The Science of Breakups: Why Calling Things Off Is Easier Said Than Done

Relationships frequently fall apart due to irreconcilable incompatibilities. Sometimes these incompatibilities are so large that they seem like they should have been obvious from the start (e.g., one person wants children, the other partner doesn't; one person is deeply religious, the other isn't). Why don't such dealbreakers prevent relationships from getting off the ground in the first place? Why do people so frequently wind up with incompatible romantic partners?

Some time ago, I wrote a post on Science of Relationships about how single people can readily call to mind all of the traits and features that they are looking for in a mate, yet these preferences seem to go right out the window when people make real-life dating decisions. Research consistently show...

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