I'm among you -- I met my boyfriend Jeremy on Match a year and three months ago (definitely not counting), "matching" thanks to our shared affinity for country music, running, and ill-humored television.
But new research from the University of Washington suggests that reported acceptance of interracial marriage masks deeper feelings of discomfort — even disgust — that some feel about mixed-race couples.
Published online in July in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and co-authored by UW postdoctoral researcher Caitlin Hudac, the study found that bias against interracial couples is associated with disgust that in turn leads interracial couples to be dehumanized.
But there is psychological research that shows that effective communication, emotional openness, intimacy, and other factors contribute to healthy relationships.
Creating these conditions are skills that can be learned. Marriage is an eye-opener." Working on the relationship beforehand can help you develop good marital habits.
The participants overall showed high levels of acceptance and low levels of disgust about interracial relationships, and pointed to a strong negative correlation between the two.
In the second experiment, the researchers showed 19 undergraduate students wedding and engagement photos of 200 interracial and same-race couples while recording their neural activity.
Preparing for marriage can really help you have a good marriage when you see the dynamics that are often repeated from childhood. By growing in your ability to listen to each other, you will begin to understand what it is that your significant other needs and you will begin to feel more heard and understood. You also might be very fulfilled in your relationship and you can't help but feeling something in the way you and your spouse relate just doesn't work.
When you do this, more often than not, you are able to break those old habits of communicating and relating to each other. So many marriages languish, two people who are legally married, but have begun relationally separating long ago.
The researchers asked the students to quickly indicate whether each couple should be included in a future study on relationships, a task that was intended to ensure participants were socially evaluating the couples while their neural activity was recorded.
Participants responded faster to images of same-race couples and selected them more often for inclusion in the study.
Cook was already the namesake for the town Cook's Ferry on the Thompson River in British Columbia.