14/08/2014 12:46 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Why You Shouldn't Believe In Soulmates

Do you believe in soulmates? If this research is anything to go by, it's time to stop dreaming about Prince Charming (sob.)


The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology suggests the idea of soulmates can have a negative impact on relationships. It's not exactly happy reading for romantics out there - the title, 'Framing love: When it hurts to think we were made for each other,' says it all.

"Love can be metaphorically framed as perfect unity between two halves made for each other or as a journey with ups and downs," the research claims.
It goes on to explain how problems occur when we refuse to think of a relationship as this "journey" and believe in the perfect, match-made-in-heaven stories found in rom-coms instead.

However, those couples who are more realistic about the "ups and downs" are more likely to stay together than those who view their relationship through rose-tinted glasses.

"...the belief that significant others who mythicize their relationships as 'fate' are actually the most unhappy, and more likely to split," says the journal.

We wonder what Cinderella would have to say...

Source: Elite Daily

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