The 10-second summary of the article is that while there may be some people that have a natural predisposition to either embrace or reject temptation, men and women can also train themselves to protect their relationships and raise their feelings of commitment.
Here are some of my favorite points from the long series of research studies the article cited.
- Men who had considered and rehearsed a response to a come-on from an attractive stranger were 37% more likely to completely
- Couples that identify feelings of “self-expansion” with their partner are less receptive to outside solicitation
- Couples that share hard-won successes experience increases in both love and relationship satisfaction
For new relationships the corollaries are simple:
- If you are in a blossoming relationship, take a moment to consider how you might engage an unexpected new prospect – this will help you make sure you treat your new romance with the respect it deserves
- Finding a partner that complements you, not duplicates you, creates the greatest relationship potential
- Fun, active dates stimulate and create potential for satisfaction growth – hike a challenging trail and your new romance will take on the feeling of that success
You can read the article in it’s entirety (here).