faq commitment

Information about faq commitment

Published on June 15, 2007

Author: Haggrid

Source: authorstream.com

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Research-Based Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About: Commitment:  Research-Based Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About: Commitment Q1.What is commitment?:  Q1.What is commitment? There are two kinds of commitment: Dedication Individuals’ desires to put their partner’s needs and the relationship above their own desires. Constraint Things that keep people in a relationship even when they are unhappy. Social pressure Concern for the welfare of one’s children Financial concerns Difficulty ending the relationship Q1.What is commitment?:  While constraints contribute to the stability of marriage, it is dedication that is related to marital satisfaction. Committed couples are more likely to think in terms of 'we' and 'us' than 'I' and 'me.' Commitment is closely related to a willingness to sacrifice for another. Q1.What is commitment? Q2. What is the purpose of commitment?:  Q2. What is the purpose of commitment? Helps couples be more deliberate about the development of their relationship. Helps couples sacrifice for their relationship without resenting it. Helps individuals avoid the anxiety that accompanies the thought of losing the relationship. Q3. What are the benefits of commitment?:  Q3. What are the benefits of commitment? Helps couples get through inevitable hard times Greater relationship quality Greater happiness Better communication Less destructive behavior during hard times Financial security Greater faithfulness in marriage Q4. How do couples build and sustain commitment?:  Q4. How do couples build and sustain commitment? Commitment requires that individuals make a decision to maintain their relationship. Some ways to strengthen commitment include: Talking about the future and creating a positive vision for the future Talking about good times in the past Talking like friends Q4. How do couples build and sustain commitment?:  Q4. How do couples build and sustain commitment? Doing something fun together Leaving small notes of appreciation, planning a special date, and expressing love in a new way Working on a budget together Resolving money conflicts as a team Planning a vacation together Worshipping together Disclosing personal feelings and sharing dreams Q5. Should someone be committed even in an abusive relationship?:  Q5. Should someone be committed even in an abusive relationship? Abuse is a sign of an unhealthy relationship. If a relationship is abusive, the abused person needs to be in a safe situation apart from the abuser before trying to work on improving the relationship. Ending the relationship may be necessary. Q6. Why do some people struggle to be committed in a relationship?:  Q6. Why do some people struggle to be committed in a relationship? Research suggests some individuals hesitate to commit because they believe they have a 'soul mate.' In a national survey, almost 90 percent believed they had a soul mate. These beliefs may lead to indecision about commitment or less overall commitment. Men are not necessarily less committed to relationships than women. Q6. Why do some people struggle to be committed in a relationship?:  Q6. Why do some people struggle to be committed in a relationship? Increased conflict and arguments may make it harder for individuals to feel committed to each other. Women who have experienced physical or sexual abuse growing up have a harder time trusting men and making commitments in a relationship. It may be harder for individuals to commit if they are in a relationship with someone who is not the parent of all their children. Q7. How does living together before marriage affect commitment and the chances of a healthy marriage?:  Q7. How does living together before marriage affect commitment and the chances of a healthy marriage? Individuals who live together before engagement or marriage: Tend to be more cynical about marriage Are more likely to divorce Are more likely to have children out of wedlock Are more likely to have unrealistic expectations for marriage Tend to be less satisfied with the relationship Tend to have more conflict in their relationship Q7. How does living together before marriage affect commitment and the chances of a healthy marriage?:  Q7. How does living together before marriage affect commitment and the chances of a healthy marriage? On average, men who live with their partners before getting engaged or married are less dedicated to their spouse than men who wait until engagement or marriage to live together. Living together may result in individuals 'sliding' into marriage instead of 'deciding' to marry.

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