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But is it really the case that both people had found their true soulmate, let them slip by, and then found them again years later?
Or is it simply psychologically intoxicating to reunite with a former partner, and a mixture of nostalgia and fantasy combine to recreate the romance? Most people have no interest in rekindling former romances that often ended for a good reason. But for those who cannot forget a lost love interest and seek to meet them again, the result can often be a long-lasting and meaningful relationship. From toKalish conducted a survey of people who had broken off a relationship and then rekindled the romance at least five years later though some waited 75 years to reunite.
Kalish tells Quartz that in these cases, the typical pattern is that they had a strong relationship but an external factor—such as interfering parents—split them up the first time round. For an example of such a phenomenon, Kalish says we only need to look to the British monarchy.
Kalish repeated her study with 1, participants ina time when Facebook and changed the way we reconnect with former partners. Of those who left their marriages to stay with their former sweetheart, Kalish says the divorce rate was just 0.
Biological anthropologist Helen Fisher, research fellow at The Kinsey Institute and scientific advisor to dating site Match. If it can be awakened by somebody once, it can probably be awakened a second time. Carver adds that rekindled relationships are incredibly intense because couples can skip past the getting-to-know you phase. Reuniting an old relationship might be immediately easy and intense, but it seems that many couples manage to last through the initial euphoria and build a stable relationship.
And while a couples are unlikely to work a second time round if they fought constantly and were unhappy together, prospects are better for those who had no good reason for breaking up in the first place. These are some of our most ambitious editorial projects. By Olivia Goldhill Science reporter. Published December 20, This article is more than 2 years old.
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