A psychological study finds that being in a committed, monogamous and monogamous love relationship may be as beneficial as monogamous marriage in terms of the brain and physical health.
The research was carried out by a team from the University of Sheffield, who have also published a number of studies showing that monogamous relationships have a higher average happiness than non-monogamous ones.
“People who have been in a monogamous relationship tend to have better brain health and cognitive health than people who have not been in that relationship,” said Dr Rachel Mazzuca, a research fellow at the University.
“In the context of mental health, we know that people who are in monogamous marriages are at a lower risk of dementia, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.”
It’s a really good idea to be in a relationship, but also in a long-term relationship, as long as you can find the right balance, because a long term relationship is not always good for you mentally.
“A common theme in these studies is that the longer people have been together, the better their health is.
Dr Mazzucci and her colleagues tested whether monogamy and non-Monogamy, or a non-partner partner, were more beneficial to the brain.
The study, which involved 16 men and 12 women, followed people for three years and looked at their brain and mental health.
They then compared those who had been in an extended monogamous or non-polyamorous relationship to those who did not.”
When you are in a romantic relationship, you have your romantic partner who is a very close friend or someone you spend a lot of time with,” said study co-author Dr Andrew Dutton, an associate professor at the Department of Psychology at Sheffield.”
There’s a lot going on in your mind when you are together.
“The idea is that if you’re in a polyamorous marriage, you’re spending a lot more time together with your romantic partners and you’re also going to spend more time in the gym, with your friends.”
We wanted to see whether there was any difference in your brain chemistry, and we were able to do that.
“What we found is that for people who had lived in an exclusively monogamous loving relationship, there was no difference in the way that they were affected.”
So, there wasn’t a difference in how much they slept, how much time they spent together, their health.
“The results are published in the Journal of Applied Psychology.
The researchers also found that people in a non polyamory relationship, or an extended non-mating relationship, had a slightly higher incidence of depression and anxiety, which is associated with poor mental health outcomes.”
These are issues that we’re seeing in a lot that people are struggling with in their lives,” Dr Dutton said.”
They’re dealing with issues that are related to loneliness, depression, anxiety and anxiety related to lack of sex and relationships.
“And, of course, it’s not just people who want to get married but also people who may be in an ongoing relationship, for example, who may have these issues as well.”
Dr Dutton believes that if people have the support and understanding that they need to deal with these issues, they will be much happier and more fulfilled.
“I think that if we’re all aware of these issues and if we are willing to work with people, we can help them through those challenges,” he said.
Dr Durden is a member of the University’s Department of Psychological Medicine.