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Ah, the soul mate—the perpetuating romantic myth that's still chugging along against all odds, literally. Assuming your soul mate is set at birth, is roughly in the same age bracket, and the love is recognizable at first sight, mathematical estimates indicate that your chances of finding your soul mate is only 1 in 10, 0. And yet, according to a Marist poll, nearly three out of four people believe that they are destined to find the one person out there for them. But bad odds aren't the only reason for abandoning the myth of the soul mate. The truth is, seeking your soul mate is actually a really good way to find yourself in an unhappy marriage or alone.
When you develop an image of what your ideal type or soul mate is, you create a fantasy. Pining for that unattainable ideal becomes an enthrallment of the experience of the intense emotions of being in love, rather than a reality-based interest in the potential partner. Research shows that people who hold a strong belief in destiny are prone to lose interest in their partner much faster and are likely to give up much more easily when the relationship starts to go through hardship. You lock eyes, the connection is fast and furious and filled with passion and intensity.
Your mind then tricks you, omitting the non—soul mate qualities and amplifying the similarities and all the things that are perfect about that person. This is confirmation bias at play. Confirmation bias occurs when we are motivated by wishful thinking and attached to a certain idea to be true.
Instead of seeing reality and facts, we have tunnel vision and only see evidence that supports our initial belief. If you're searching for your soul mate, your brain is going to try its hardest to make you find that person, but once the infatuation phase is over, that idealized person becomes just another normal, flawed human being. For too many people, this realization doesn't set in until after they have had their fairy-tale wedding—making them face the work of getting to know one another, for real this time, all over again.
For single people, too, the soul mate myth can cause problems, mainly a cycle of loneliness and confusion. Even if there was an authentic connection or spark, when your mind races to create a fantasy future, you are no longer present.
Instead, your mind is focusing on the next step of your goal, which objectifies the person to fill a void. You start latching on to the person to make you feel a certain way, and this is where the connection goes from an exchange of love and curiosity to one of attachment and neediness.
The expectations, the fantasies I created were really a result of me idolizing an idea of a person that fit the picture in my head. The former is a choice, where you do the work to make love and connection happen; the latter is passively waiting for love to magically happen to you. According to Dr. John Gottman, the founder of The Gottman Institute in Seattle, two people who focus their energy on building something meaningful together in their life, tend to have the longest lasting relationships.
He also summarizes that how a couple interacts is the most important aspect of creating a healthy relationship. Some couples naturally excel at one or more of these things and for other couples, it takes more work. But when it comes down to it, you choose the person you end up with and you have to keep choosing that person to make a real romance work.
Rather than searching for the elusive 1 in 10, go ahead and date someone you can build something with, who shares your vision for a good life, and is willing to learn how to create a healthy relationship dynamic. Only then could you say you've got a soul mate in the making. This one mental shift helped me attract guys that were good for me. Whether romantic or platonic, your relationships are the product of your intentions, so make them good.
When did we decide that accepting constructive criticism was a of weakness?
One day he is super into you, and the next he falls off the grid. Home Relationships. Let me explain. You may get tricked into thinking true love plays out like a fairy tale. You may find yourself caught in a cycle of fantasy and disillusionment. You will be happier if you look at true love differently. Now, isn't that far more empowering? By Amy Chan. By guest. By Kara Eschbach. By Isaac Huss.Moving to Iowa City looking for my soul mate
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Why the Myth of the Soul Mate Is Still Holding Us Back