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Couples See Anger But Miss Sadness When Fighting

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 "If your partner is angry, you are likely to miss the fact that your partner might also be feeling sad," study researcher Keith Sanford, of Baylor University, said in a statement. "I found that people were most likely to express anger, not in the moments where they felt most angry, but rather in the situations where both partners had been feeling angry over a period of time."

"This means that if a couple falls into a climate of anger, they tend to continue expressing anger regardless of how they actually feel," he said. "It becomes a kind of a trap they cannot escape."

The study was published online April 30 in the Journal of Family Psychology.
Spats between married couples that might fester and build anger over time are usually about things like in-laws, chores, money, affection and time spent on the computer.

Sanford found that when people express anger, they often also feel sad. But while a partner will easily and immediately recognize expressions of anger, the spouse often will fail to notice the sadness.

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