Bryn Mawr Psychology Prof and Alumna Co-Author Study on Relationships Between Men and Women

Posted March 8th, 2012 at 5:49 pm.

marc-schulzBryn Mawr College Associate Professor of Psychology Marc Schulz and Emily Weiss, Ph.D. ’08, are among the authors of a new study that offers fresh insight into the role empathy plays in men’s and women’s satisfaction with their relationships.

Where previous studies have focused only on how accurately partners read each others’ emotions, the new research adds a new variable: perceived empathic effort, or the sense that one partner is trying to understand the other’s emotions.

“Men like to know when their wife or girlfriend is happy while women really want the man in their life to know when they are upset,” reads the press release from the American Psychological Association on the study.

The study involved a diverse sample of couples and found that men’s and women’s perceptions of their significant others’ empathy, as well as their abilities to tell when the other is happy or upset, are linked to relationship satisfaction in distinctive ways, according to the article published online in the Journal of Family Psychology.

News for the studies’ findings has appeared in multiple media outlets, including the Huffington Post.

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