Did you know? The way you view sexual activity is a predictor of relationship success, based on a recent study. According to Montreal psychologists, it is a common complaint among clients in couples therapy that after a 2 or 3 years in the relationship, "the passion is lost" (in regards to sexual activity). This is not a defect but a feature of relationships, explain psychologists.
When The Passion Is Lost
From the beginning of a relationship to 2 or 3 years after, this is a phase where oxytocin (our bonding hormone) and dopamine (our reward hormone) go from very high to normal; this pattern is observed in both partners and is a significant factor as to why the euphoria that is commonly felt at the begininning of a romantic relationship inevitably dissipates.
Why Some Couples Thrive, and Others Don't
There are 2 prevailing views of sexuality; one view - known as "sexual destiny" - is that sex life comes naturally, whereas another view - known as "sexual growth" - is that sex life requires active maintenance and effort. The study concludes that couples with a sexual destiny mindset tend to gauge the success of their relationship based on their sex life; thus, they are less likely to thrive in the long run.
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