These days, when a person is single, the first question he receives is “why?”. The tone of this type of question often oscillates somewhere between of compassion and confusion.
Not having a partner is a social status that in modern society is perceived as an anomaly. Friends are trying to hook you up with their acquaintances because they cannot accept the fact that you live all by yourself. But between being single and being in a relationship just for the sake of not being alone, which one is the anomaly?
Sociologists claim that people who are in relationship tend to be more joyful and satisfied than single people. However, a brand new study suggests that for certain people, who are suited for it, being single can be healthy, depending on the level of conflict an individual can deal with within a relationship. Yes, it turns out that those who despise this kind of conflict and seek to avoid it at all costs can be just as happy as those who are in a relationship.
Researchers claim that such people have a temperament that avoids social goals and they end up being miserable when they have to deal with a partner. Even if the vast majority of the well-documented studies demonstrate that single people tend to be more depressed, that does not apply for each and every one of them, and the result of the survey involving more than 4,000 individuals shows that.
However, those who cannot deal with conflict of the magnitude of that of a relationship tend to show neurotic disorders and might need psychological counseling, says professor George Mason, who was involved in the research.
Incurable romantics will disagree with the idea that being single is a natural state for humans. Their belief is that anything is better than loneliness, even if they are bored by their partners and their argues are intense and energy consuming.
As the number of single individuals is increasing exponentially throughout the world, studies such as this one are becoming more and more meaningful, giving hope to those that ardently claim that the single life is not that bad.
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