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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Good Marriages Genetic?

From Huffington Post:

The reason your marriage is plagued by extreme highs and lows may lie in your DNA, a study released Monday claims.

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and Northwestern University found that some people are genetically inclined to have their marital satisfaction be affected by emotions in the relationship, for better or for worse.

The study found that variations in the serotonin-regulating gene 5-HTTLPR correlated with study participants’ relationship fulfillment. Each of our parents pass us a copy of the gene, which can either be short or long. Participants with two short 5-HTTLPR were most unhappy in their marriages in the face of negative emotion, like contempt, but also happiest when positive emotions like humor were present. On the other end of the spectrum, participants with two long copies were satisfied with their marriages regardless of the emotional atmosphere.

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Hat Tip: Naomi Cahn

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I'm not buying it. Marriage is not nature, although my personal experience lead me to believe that marriage might be nuture.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Lawyer Matt Ingham | Oct 15, 2013 10:31:43 AM

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