[In a study students were asked to explain why their relationship was the way it was...] When students who had been asked to analyze their relationships were compared to students not asked to do so, the researches found that unanalyzed attitudes about the relationship were a better predictor of whether the relationship would still be intact months later than analyzed attitudes. Those who were asked to supply reasons and expressed positive feelings about their relationship were not necessarily still in the relationship six months later. As in the poster study, being asked to give reasons can make unimportant considerations salient temporarily and produce a less, not a more, accurate assesment of how peope really feel.

source: The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less, Barry Schwartz, 140 tags: Counseling, Romantic Love