Don’t Care What Your Spouse Says? Blame It On Your Genes
Why do some people care deeply about every nuance of a relationship while others are, well, oblivious? Good news for the oblivious contingent: thanks to researchers at UC Berkeley and Northwestern University, you can now blame it on your genes. A UC Berkeley news release reports that researchers at the school have found a link between relationship fulfillment and a gene variant, or “allele,” known as 5-HTTLPR. The research revealed that people with two short 5-HTTLPR alleles were most unhappy in their marriages when there was a lot of negative emotion, such as anger and contempt, and most happy when there was positive emotion, such as humor and affection. By contrast, those with one or two long alleles were far less bothered by the emotional tenor of their marriages. For spouses with two short 5-HTTLPR alleles, who made up 17 percent of the spouses studied, there was a strong correlation between the emotional tone of their conversations and how they felt about their marriage. For the 83 percent of spouses with one or two long alleles, on the other hand, the emotional quality of their discussions bore little or no relation to their marital satisfaction. Having trouble understanding your spouse? Watch the video below.