Roses, Chocolates, And A Ball n' Chain? TestYourself.psychtests.com Releases Results Of A Study On Gender Differences In Commitment
TestYourself releases results from their study on commitment, and reveals interesting differences between men and women.
MONTREAL, CANADA (MARKETWIRE) -- Fefruary 17, 2011
TestYourself.psychtests.com, one of the web's foremost sources of personality, career, and IQ assessments, unveils some interesting results of their popular Commitment Readiness. Their study results from nearly 35,000 test-takers reveal who's ready to take the plunge…and who prefers to "tuck tail and run".
"By the time you swear you're his, shivering and sighing, and he vows his passion is infinite, undying - Lady, make note of this: One of you is lying." (Dorothy Parker). Oh, men have had such a bad rap when it comes to commitment. The media has turned their relationship phobic tendencies into a running joke, where men will all but spontaneously combust if a woman mentions that dreaded C word, especially around Valentine's Day. TestYourself.psychtests.com's data from their commitment test will beg to differ, however - at least slightly.
TestYourself's study reveals that most of us seem to be reasonably ready to commit to a relationship with perhaps some slight misgivings. Common commitment issues found in the study were a fear of getting hurt and wanting to keep one's options open, while common personal issues included a fear of not living up to a partner's expectations, difficulty trusting a partner, and a fear that a partner will leave for someone better. When comparing men and women however, men were actually slightly more likely to be ready to commit (score of 70 vs. 68, on a scale from 0 to 100). The gap, it seems, relates to women's tendencies to have more personal issues holding them back.
Interestingly, when adding age to the mix, TestYourself's data revealed that age was not a determinant when it came to willingness to commit for men. "Our data for women show a clear pattern, with willingness to commit increasing with age," explains Dr. Jerabek, president of the company. "When we looked at the men's data, it was scattered at best - there was no clear pattern."
Willingness to commit also, although not surprisingly, had an impact on relationship satisfaction. Study results show that those who are not satisfied with their relationship score lowest on devotion to their partner (score of 62 vs. 80 for the satisfied group), were less likely to view their relationship as stable and long-term (score of 58 vs. 82 for the satisfied group), and more likely to have commitment issues (score of 41 vs. 22 for the satisfied group) and personal issues (score of 57 vs. 40 for the satisfied group) holding them back. Those who are single also followed the same pattern.
"Commitment is a major step that can't be taken without forethought, and our data show this," points out Dr. Jerabek. "One third of our test-taking population is fearful that with the current divorce rate, they'll be adding to those statistics if they take that commitment plunge. Obviously, if there are personal issues involved, like fear, distrust, and low self-esteem, it's understandable that a person would be hesitant, and should seek professional guidance." TestYourself's data also reveals that 34% of people ended a relationship at least once because they weren't ready to commit, 21% of people admitted that a previous partner ended a relationship because he or she didn't want to commit, and 9% often argue with their partner over commitment issues.
"We don't want to bring people down, as the day of love is coming," assures Dr. Jerabek. "Our data does show, after all, that most people will happily and readily take the commitment plunge. We just want to offer some advice. Some precaution and personal reflection must be undertaken before making a commitment to someone until 'death do you part'. When your heart and mind are fully committed to something, whether it's a relationship, career choice, or anything else, wonderful things happen."
Other interesting tidbits from TestYourself's study - on a happy, positive note:
Those who wish to take the Fear Of Relationship Commitment Test can go to: http://testyourself.psychtests.com/testid/2081
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