Scholars have studied romantic relationships for decades. We know what it takes to make a relationship work.
Romantic relationships work best when partners…
- demonstrate consideration, kindness, and empathy
- share the same values
- keep their sex life interesting
- do novel and fun things together
- resolve conflict constructively
- share household tasks fairly
- strike the right balance in terms of closeness
Researchers are now studying romantic relationships at a neurochemical level.
Scholars are now establishing what it takes in terms of neurochemicals to make a romantic relationship work…
- the right amount of oxytocin, vasopressin, and dopamine
Given that we treat other social problems, such as anxiety and depression, with both therapy and pharmaceuticals, why not apply the same types of treatment to more pressing problems – like keeping couples happily together?
If you could stay madly in love with your spouse by taking a pill every morning, would you?
If you could neurochemically reduce the likelihood of infidelity, shouldn’t you?
While these questions are still hypothetical in nature, there is a serious debate taking place about developing such drugs.
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.