Impact of Negativity on Marriage

According to Cox and colleagues, negative couple interaction is associated with marital distress and psychological distress (Cox, Buhr, Owen, Davidson, 2016).  Marital distress has physical and psychological implications with evidence of psychotic, neurotic and psychosomatic disorders (Weiss, Lavner & Miller, 2018). A study conducted by Weiss and associates found that husbands’ and wives’ psychopathic characteristics were linked to greater negative experiences increasing divorce likelihood years later (Weiss, 2018). These psychopathic characteristics include deceitfulness, ego centrism, impulsivity, aggressiveness, irresponsibility and manipulative all of which challenge marital satisfaction (Weiss et al., 2018). More serious symptoms such as suicidal ideation, depression disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse disorders, domestic violence and suicide (Dominian, 1972). Engagement of higher levels of reactive and proactive aggression has been found in psychopathic individuals (Coccaro, Lee, & McCloskey, 2014). According to a study of reported psychiatric illnesses, marital problems tops the list with women being affected more often than men. This study examined self-poisoning of 68 men and 147 women, 30% reported marital separation or divorce in the 30 days of the suicide attempt (Dominian, 1972). In couples, psychopathic symptoms are linked to negative communication and lack of problems solving skills (Weiss et al, 2018). According to a 2016 study, marital dissatisfaction is directly associated to poor mental health (Decuyper, Gistelinck, Vergauwe, Pancorbo, Fruyt, 2018).

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