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Is there a positive effect of the pandemic on relationships?
When a pandemic spreads all over the world, everything has changed, they've said it. I think it doesn't change everything, some yes it does but not all. For instance, relationships are one topic that I've watched on the news says that becomes challenging and changed a lot. Well, on our part with my partner, nothing changed.
But how does COVID-19 influence other relationships?
The literature currently available is mixed about the impact of important external stressors on couple ties and the early crisis experience is little understood. The current research used individuals who engaged in a partnership who provided data just before the pandemic began (December 2019) (March and April 2020). The result suggests, but on average, that the satisfaction and causal roles of the relationship did not change over time. Relationship shifts were not moderated by demographic or negative pandemic consequences. During a pandemic, there were minor moderation effects of relationship coping and conflict, which found that happiness increased in pairs with better work, and maladaptive roles increased in pairs with less working.
Significant external stressors such as natural disasters or pandemics cause people to quickly coordinate responses and to tax the social capital commonly used by individuals in times of stress. People also rely heavily on their closest people to help them handle these crises. During the COVID-19 pandemic, however, dependency on intimate partners was further increased. Individuals around the world have been isolated for weeks in their families: adults have been working or have been laid off, children are out of school and physical interaction has been discouraged or prohibited with people outside their homes, which poses concerns about the effect the pandemic has on intimate relationships.
The COVID-19 pandemic invited couples to spend long periods together, relying mainly on each other for help during a big stressor, which has upset almost all facets of everyday life. In this research, individuals involved in a pandemic were tested before and again in the early stages of the pandemic to assess how the pandemic shifted. Overall, the findings of this major national study show that the satisfaction of people with their partnership has on average not changed but have become more tolerant and less responsible for the negative actions of their partners, as a result of which the internal characteristics of their partners have not changed. Although these findings are valid regardless of different characteristics, including partners' demography, pre-existing relationship characteristics, and negative pandemic incidents, they differ depending on a couple's pandemic activity.
Despite being sheltered together the people were not overwhelmed by the stress and confusion in the first days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Couples who were pleased with their relationship before the pandemic remained so and unfortunately couples who unhappy remained unhappy. However, marriages were not only similar – the pandemic seems to have changed one aspect of couples' relationships.
Previous findings found that the relationship is stronger if you blame the negative actions of your partner for an external situation. That does not, of course, mean that your partner allows abusive behavior, but it means that minor transgressions are let go rather than escalated.
This is more probable than it was before to be achieved in the pandemic. They increased their safe, external commitments to the less desirable actions of their partners dramatically. They appeared, in other words, to blame the pandemic.
It is rational that the pandemic was so massive and widespread as to have a negligible impact. Past studies showed that moderately severe stressors are the most harmful for relationships, compared to very minor or very severe stressors, since they are large enough to impact us but small enough to avoid the spillover effect.
Adaptation to the 'new standard' may mean that our spouses are still anxious and sometimes rudely treating us, but we can no longer identify their stress. This hard-won lesson on tension spillover can be at risk of being lost.
Do not allow this pandemic to forget this unforeseen optimistic lesson. When you have your partner with the cold shoulder, think it could be because they are stressed; your relationship would probably be stronger, and this is probably true these days.