Need another reason to fall in love? Not only does having another half give you a best friend for life, but it turns out that it may even help to lower anxiety in the neurotic.
The study was conducted by two psychologists from the German Universities of Jena and Kassel in which 245 couples were followed for nine months. The interesting part about the research is that the individuals in the study were between the ages of 18 and 30, a factor that ends up playing an interesting part in the study. Another interesting factor is that the individuals involved in the study that seemed to benefit most from being in love was those who scored higher for neuroticism.
In psychology, neuroticism is a personality trait which is defined by many different factors, most of them negative. Someone who is neurotic may suffer from anxiety or have jealousy issues, among other things. However, the new study suggests that if you fall in love, these personality traits could lessen, but why?
For the nine months that the couples were studied, they were interviewed by the scientists every three months. During these interviews, the scientists provided a questionnaire which helped to establish traits of neuroticism in the individual as well as their happiness in the relationship. It seems that the scientists were able to find a correlation between the two.
According to Science Daily, Dr. Christine Finn (the lead author of the recently published study) said about the people who displayed neurotic traits, “We were able to show that they become more stable in a love relationship, and that their personality stabilizes.’
Obviously, when you fall in love, you typically fall for someone who makes you happy which in turn can make you a happier person no matter your level of pessimism. This may not always be the case, of course, but it is an interesting find.