According to research, a dominant spouse in a marriage gives the partnership greater stability.
A study found that relationships where either partner is more dominant may be more effective than those where there is equality. Researchers say improved co-operation is likely to be responsible.
The research involved 340 men and women who were quizzed in depth about hierarchical structures in relationships involving friends, partners, and parents.
Results show that there were more couples where one partner was dominant than where they were equal. The woman took the lead in 24.2% of these relationships, but it didn't matter which parent made the decisions, as long as one did, which created less stress in the atmosphere. See full Telegraph article.
It's interesting to work out how this applies to you and I, and how hierarchy in our families affects our daily life.
Friends: I'm pretty dominant but want everyone to have a say.
Parents: My father was the dominant one.
Partner: My husband and I both want to be the boss. (Both the oldest child in our family.) I can see where our insistence on being the dominant one has led to arguments—both being sure of our opinions and both wanting to take the lead. We married too late for me to produce children, which is probably a good thing.
Have you worked out your position in relationships?