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Could your Partner/Date be looking elsewhere?


AFFAIRS DO NOT CAUSE MARITAL DISCORD. They are the SYMPTOMS of the problems already there! How close is your relationship to falling apart?

Couples tend to take unhappiness in their relationships as 'normal' until one partner cannot stand it anymore and then drops a bombshell or has an affair. People affected by affairs, especially the victims of it, tend to spend a lot of time blaming the perpetrator or wondering why it happened.

But though many relationships are often killed by an affair, according to John M Gottman, a marriage psychologist and author of The Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work, who studied over 650 married couples, "An affair is usually the symptom of a dying marriage (or relationship) rather than the cause of it". It means that affairs do not come out of nowhere. They are triggered by a dysfunctional relationship which is burdened by negativity, has lost most of its positivity, has seen little real friendship between the couple and is highly unequal.

In such a situation, the people involved begin to experience more pain than happiness, but are not sure how to resolve those negative feelings. Instead, they cope by disengaging themselves from each other emotionally. Gradually, they begin to feel lonely because of that emotional separation and begin to look outwards for affirmation to stem the loneliness and lack of joy.

There are seven triggers of unhappiness in a relationship. How many of them are in your relationship NOW and to what extent?:


QUIZ: Is your relationship heading for a breakdown?

Here is your chance to find out!

For each statement, select a reply that DEFINITELY applies to your situation now.

  1. HARSH STARTUPS
    (Discussions that begin with criticism, sarcasm or contempt instead of a willingness to listen).
  2. Yes, all the time.
    Quite often.
    Sometimes.
    A little.
    Hardly.

  3. CONSTANT CRITICISM
    (Always carping and complaining).
  4. Yes, all the time.
    Quite often.
    Sometimes.
    A little.
    Hardly.

  5. CONTEMPT
    (Lack of respect that could include sneering, eye rolling, mockery or name calling).
  6. Yes, all the time.
    Quite often.
    Sometimes.
    A little.
    Hardly.

  7. DEFENSIVENESS
    (One person tends to make out that the other person is always at fault).
  8. Yes, all the time.
    Quite often.
    Sometimes.
    A little.
    Hardly.



  9. STONEWALLING
    (Opting out of a discussion by refusing to listen to the other party).
  10. Yes, all the time.
    Quite often.
    Sometimes.
    A little
    Hardly any.

  11. EMOTIONAL FLOODING
    (A partner is frequently overwhelmed by verbal attacks from the other, or both engage in this to get their points across).
  12. Yes, all the time.
    Quite often agree with it.
    Sometimes.
    A little.
    Never.

  13. No REPAIR MECHANISMS
    (Not stopping heated arguments to pause and take stock, to calm down or to use humour to lighten the atmosphere).
  14. Yes, all the time.
    Quite often agree.
    Sometimes.
    A little.
    Never.

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SCORE KEY
Match your score with the explanation below:


7-11: A perfect state. Great relationship!
12-16: Very good relationship as long as there is no complacency!
17-24: Tons of resentment and frustration here. Trouble ahead, especially as the differences between you are very sharp and prickly. However you can still work out your problems if you are keen to do so.
25-30: Pretty problematic and heading for disaster. Possibility of salvaging something, if you are BOTH willing to work at it!
31-35: Absolutely doomed. Is this a relationship?

Keys to a great relationship
Gottman's research revealed that the key to a wonderful mutually enjoyable relationship is simple 'friendship' between the couple, routine give and take, which I prefer to call 'reciprocity'. They have a 'fondness and admiration' for each other as equals; they are there for each other to support hopes and ambitions and they are willing to make sacrifices for one another so that both can achieve their dreams instead of one person losing out at another's expense. Moreover they do not wait for special moments to show how much they care for each other. This is expressed on a daily basis in "small, routine, trivial acts of appreciation" and love. It seems that it is when couples stop acknowledging each other and stop sharing power that the rot begins to set in.



What should I do if my score is not as expected?

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