Women Prize Men Who Try to Understand Their Emotions

Having a partner who tries to understand them is more important to women in relationships than actual understanding.


Women can be difficult to understand, some men say, but new empathy research indicates that to keep a woman happy, their partners just need to try to understand their emotions, not necessarily succeed at it.


Men, on the other hand, just want to know whether their significant other is happy. If they notice that their partner is unhappy, and is possibly about to initiate a split, the thought decreases their relationship happiness. Women’s happiness, however, is not dampened by a partner’s dissatisfied emotions.


by Jennifer Welsh