It is now possible to predict the success of a relationship, according to scientists. Researchers have discovered, in a new study, how to tell whether a couple will stay together or split up. Psychologists claim behavior during the early days of dating can reveal how the union will progress. They found those who had similar needs, but different interests, tended to be together for longer.
Canadian and German researchers regularly interviewed 2,000 couples over a seven-year period. They discovered intimate relationship behavior patterns could signal whether a partnership was thriving or failing. In general, those who had similar needs, a need for closeness for example, but who also wanted to continue pursuing their own interests, usually stayed together longest. Couples could therefore have advance information on the probability of their staying together.