Many of us with we could read our partners mind, but as it turns out we already can. A study shows those in romantic relationships have “empathic accuracy” meaning they are able to tell their partners feelings in a situation. In order to keep this ability research shows we need to remain interested in our partner and our want to understand them.
- Researchers examining our ability to accurately detect the thoughts and feelings of our romantic partners explore what they call “empathic accuracy.”
- Greater empathic accuracy among couples was related to stronger feelings of closeness as well as increased relationship satisfaction.
- Research suggests that we can improve our empathic accuracy if we are highly motivated to accurately understand our partners.
“Although there do seem to be individual differences in this ability, most of us can correctly perceive the thoughts and feelings of friends and family members, but especially our romantic partners.”