Think­ing about fu­ture brings pos­i­tiv­ity to your re­la­tion

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Are you go­ing through a hard time in your re­la­tion­ship? A re­cent study sug­gests that think­ing about the fu­ture might help you to main­tain a healthy re­la­tion­ship as it helps to over­come con­flicts and bring pos­i­tiv­ity.

“When ro­man­tic part­ners ar­gue over things like fi­nances, jeal­ousy, or other is­sues, they tend to em­ploy their cur­rent feel­ings as fuel for a heated ar­gu­ment. By en­vi­sion­ing their re­la­tion­ship in the fu­ture, peo­ple can shift the fo­cus away from their cur­rent feel­ings and mit­i­gate con­flicts,” said Alex Huynh, re­searcher, Univer­sity of Water­loo, Canana, in the study pub­lished in the journal So­cial Psy­cho­log­i­cal and Per­son­al­ity Sci­ence.

Pre­vi­ous re­search sug­gested that peo­ple are able to rea­son more wisely over is­sues of in­fi­delity when they are asked to do so from a third per­son per­spec­tive.

The new study re­veals sim­i­lar ben­e­fits in rea­son­ing can be in­duced by sim­ply step­ping back and think­ing about the fu­ture.

When par­tic­i­pants of this re­search ex­tended their think­ing about the re­la­tion­ship a year into the fu­ture, they were able to show more for­give­ness and rein­ter­pret the event in a more rea­soned light.

“Our study demon­strates that adopt­ing a fu­ture­ori­ented per­spec­tive in the con­text of a re­la­tion­ship con­flict— re­flect­ing on how one might feel a year from now— may be a valu­able cop­ing tool for one’s psy­cho­log­i­cal hap­pi­ness and re­la­tion­ship well be­ing,” he added.

The re­search has po­ten­tial im­pli­ca­tions for un­der­stand­ing how prospec­tion, or fu­ture­think­ing, can be a ben­e­fi­cial strat­egy for a va­ri­ety of con­flicts peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence in their every­day lives.


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