London: When it comes to divorces and annulments, ‘cheating’ is considered as the main culprit, but according to an extensive study, most divorces are actually caused by one behavior and that is contempt. Contempt, a virulent mix of anger and disgust, is far more toxic than simple frustration or negativity. It involves seeing your partner as beneath you, rather than as an equal.
Psychologists John Gottman from the University of Washington and Robert Levenson from University of California at Berkeley led a study of 79 newly-married couples during a span of 14 years, which found out that contempt caused by superiority complex is a real relationship killer for many married people, the Independent reported.
Contempt is the “kiss of death” for relationships and can predict divorce with an accuracy level of 93 percent, according to Gottman. Contempt and superiority complex can kill relationships because a person with contempt will have a hard time relating to and understanding the feelings, opinion and perspective of his or her significant other. If you want to enjoy a long-loving marriage, then you may want to dump the contempt, listen well and pump up the positivity.