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Is it Better to be Like Your Partner?

Particularly for people who worry about being abandoned, being similar to one’s partner can be helpful (Credit: Javier Hirschfeld/Getty).
​Researchers have found that how similar you are to your partner can affect your happiness- but it's complicated. "Is it better to be like your partner?" was published on British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) Future segment site and features Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) Associate Professor Dr. Lisa Neff and fifth year PhD student...

The Science of Relationships (Audio)

Illustration by Jenna Luecke

In honor of Valentine's Day, we're speaking with Lisa Neff, a researcher studying what makes happy, healthy romantic relationships tick. Neff is an associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. She answers several burning questions, including: What are the health benefits of romantic relationships? How can newlyweds avoid communication breakdowns that result from external stress? and, Do optimists make better partners?