Thefaithfulness of a person always lies in the eyes of the beholder.Since we always meet many people on a daily basis, there are certainpsychological factors that would help us in committing ourselfs toour partners. For instance, based on a psychological study, peoplewho are in relationships normally consider others, who are not theirpartners, less attractive (Personality and social psychologybulletin, 2012). Such a perceptual bias depicts a non-consciousnotion, which aids in self-control. In addition, it helps people toovercome any form of temptation, facilitating a long-term desire fortheir romantic partners.
Intheir publication, Personalityand Social Psychology Bulletin (2012),psychologists Dr. Trope Yaacov, Dr. Balceltis Emily and Dr. ColeShana performed a series of experiments, and they came up withevidence, which partners used for downgrading the appearances ofpeople they thought were threats to their relationships. In a morerecent research, there has been a focus on the explicit biases. Here,partners understand that they are judging attractiveness, and they,later on, report their thoughts towards the other persons (Balcetis &Lassiter, 2010). In this study, there is a focus on thenon-conscious, implicit, or visual biases, which can assist partnersand ensure that they are staying in their relationship.
EmilyBalcetis, a psychotherapist, says that, in the contemporary world, itis not easy for anyone to stick with just one partner on a long-termbasis (Balcetis & Lassiter, 2014). She also says that there arecertain processes, which must occur outside the conscious awarenessof a person, to ensure that one stays committed to one partner.
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Balcetis,E., & Lassiter, G. D. (2014). Socialpsychology of visual perception.New York: Psychology Press.