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google mateTime to change your Tinder profile: New research suggests that believing you and your significant other are soul mates can actually hurt your relationship, NYMag.com’s Science of Us blog reports. The study, led by University of Toronto professor Spike W.S. Lee, found that the idea of being MFEO (or “made for each other,” for those who haven’t seen Sleepless in Seattle, which you should), leads to more dissatisfaction when conflict arises.

The study primed two different groups consisting of individuals who’d been in their current relationship at least six months with two different messages— one group was exposed to several phrases that refer to the idea of soul mates like “we are one,” “my better half,” “made for each other,” while the other group was presented with ideas that alluded to a journey: “we’ve walked together,” “a long trail,” “look how far we’ve come.” After, participants were asked to write down two bad memories or two good memories they’d shared with their partner, then rate how satisfied they were in their relationships.

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Science Says Stop Looking for Your Soul Mate was originally published on wzakcleveland.com

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