Vivek Murthy, a former U. What are you going to do about it? Free-form conversation can be hard, so it may be better to talk things out while doing activities together, like walking, hiking, cooking or playing a sport to help you feel connected. Women are the ones who often plan and organize family gatherings and outings with friends for the couple so her level of socializing — or isolation — becomes his.
If feelings of loneliness keep growing, going to a marriage therapist may be helpful. Relationship expert offers advice to couples in quarantine May 6, We apologize, this video has expired. ly, she was a writer, producer and editor at CNN.
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Part of the problem may be the high expectations people have of marriage and their spouses in general. That puts a lot more stress on the couple relationship, said co-author Ashley Ermer, an assistant professor of family science and human development at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. For men, it was more about the tension in the relationship: Husbands who perceived their marriages as strained felt lonelier.
A partner is expected to be the best friend, excellent lover, close intimate, fun entertainer, stimulating intellectual and more — but one relationship was never meant to provide such a diverse fulfillment of needs, Schwartz noted. More Brands.
Feeling alone while sharing life with a partner may sound impossible to single people, but relationship experts say it happens when the connection becomes disappointing. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser. Share this —.
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Women especially may benefit from frequently meeting up with friends, it noted. Modern marriage: Why 1 couple put an emotional clause in their prenup June 19, Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue talk about what makes a marriage last May 5, Follow today.
Ermer found it reassuring that most couples reported experiencing low levels of loneliness in their marriages over time. Having friendships also seemed key: Spouses who consistently reported good social connections were more likely to avoid becoming lonely in marriage, the study found.