Throughout history there have been different eras of relationships and currently we are in a very complex and demanding one. There is a lot of pressure on relationships in today’s world that can turn relationships toxic. With extremely high demands, we as Americans are creating unrealistic goals of what a partner is capable of. There is no longer marriage just for the sole purpose of economic status and procreation. It’s important that we put our best foot forward and learn to grow and bend with our life partner. There will be no happily ever after if there is no compromise.
- A 2015, Northwestern University scholarly paper, categorize American marriages, asserting that they fulfilled specific needs, according to the decades in which they occurred.
- While former historic periods seemed to have created unions based on functional, or emotional needs, today’s couples seem to be expecting their partner to help them fulfill some higher purpose.
- The new all or nothing push to potentially find one’s best self in a romantic relationship has been called ‘a suffocation model for marriage,’ by Finkel and colleagues.
“Americans expect a lot from their partners. Scholars are now shining a light on the idea that long-term relationship expectations have changed dramatically in American history.”