Washington, Feb. 9 ANI | 10 months ago

Researchers have suggested that what couples want from each other during a blowup is not a mea culpa but rather the willingness to bend a little and give up some power.

Baylor psychologist Keith Sanford, Ph.D, said that giving up power comes in many forms, among them giving a partner more independence, admitting faults, showing respect and being willing to compromise.

In another study, Sanford found that when people express anger, they often also feel sad. But while a partner will easily and immediately recognize expressions of anger, the spouse often will fail to notice the sadness.

He said that when it comes to perceiving emotion in a partner, anger trumps sadness.

Previous research has found that genuine expressions of sadness during a conflict can sometimes draw partners closer together, and it potentially can enable couples to break out of a climate of anger.

His research has been published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.

(Posted on 10-02-2014)

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