The findings of a new study have shown that persons with higher levels of ego-effectiveness tend to have more successful romantic relationships.
Research so far established that each person has an internal compass dictating the most effective actions to be taken in a specific situation that correspond with or contradict their actual actions, and both of these components stem from the self. When one’s actions correspond to their ideals, that individual is considered ego-effective or able to live in alignment with oneself.
The present study explored how ego effectiveness impacts relationship outcomes among 395 participants. In addition to a personality and relationship questionnaire, the participants were given ten different scenarios depicting relationship difficulties and four possible responses. They were asked to rate each response and ultimately mark their preferred option.
Moreover, each participant gave contact details of three persons, such as family members or close friends, so that the research team could evaluate the participants based on peer information.
As per the results, ego-effective individuals are happier and more dedicated to their partners. The team also observed that these individuals had a more efficient approach to handling relationship issues. Meanwhile, individuals with low ego effectiveness tend to display violent or manipulative behavior.
The team concluded that there is no justification for why some individuals are more prone to act in consistency with their ego than others but hope to apply this newly developed technique of ego evaluation to further related research.