Spouses don't become more alike in their personalities as their marriage progresses, contrary to perceptions.
Rather, spouses often seem similar in character because they start out that way, a new study suggests. People tend to pick their partners based on shared personality traits, researchers say.
The findings are published in the November issue of the journal Personality and Individual Differences.
Researchers know spouses are more similar to each other than to random people, but there's debate about how this happens.
"This could reflect spouses' influence on each other over time, or this could be what attracted them to each other in the first place." said study author Mikhila Humbad, a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Michigan State University.
Eliza- My husband and I are identical save the the E (me) and I (him). My husband always tells people that coming from a large family of mainly boys, he got the "F" beat out of him.
My husband has more patience and is way more PC than I-hence why he his management and I'm a lowly nurse. In terms of strengths and weaknesses- exact opposites. My husband is in to finance, money, numbers, building, technology, computers- I like to read, write, cook, garden, science. We've got it all covered.
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