Trust Your Instinct

In another circumstance where most of us know intuitively whether something is working or not…

…comes this brilliant insight from a ‘leading psychologist’ – as opposed to an also-ran psychologist:

Shopping for and erecting IKEA furniture is a “…divorce-maker.”

Well, duh.

No, I am being too harsh. I think the conclusion is correct: that the stress of complicated co-operative domestic activities lays bare the raw differences between men and women. Pressure to succeed manifests differently in all of us, and like a split toothpaste tube, things might end up messy.

There is an upside. Well two, really. If  you are in the position of shopping with a beloved at IKEA, look upon it as a way to make the relationship stronger. Swallow your base reactions, and be the better man or woman. If you come out the other side with a bookcase that doesn’t collapse, maybe your romance is stronger than average.

And if you are just dating someone, put you and them under the microscope by going to IKEA and observing. That’s it; just watch. It’s all information you can use to discern whether it’s a match.

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