Forget 50/50: Feeling Powerful Creates Happy Relationships

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Forget the idea of a perfectly balanced 50/50 relationship. A new study suggests that what really matters for couples is feeling like they have power and influence within the partnership. This “What’s Trending” segment hosts Jessica Reyes, Patricia Wu, and guest therapist Ryan Heapy discuss the importance of “agency,” or the sense that your choices matter, and how this translates to healthier relationships.

The Illusion of Perfect Balance

The 50/50 relationship model can be unrealistic and might even put undue pressure on couples.

Understanding Agency

Agency is the feeling that you have influence and that your choices within the relationship matter. This to a key pillar of mental health and it’s vital for happy relationships as well.

Embracing Strengths and Weaknesses

Couples can thrive by recognizing their unique strengths.

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