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Persuade by Philip Hesketh

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8 How your behaviours dictate either successful long-term partnerships – Or relationships heading for disaster

The Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale is a well-recognized method of measuring stress in our lives. The number of ‘Life Change Units’ that apply to events in the past year of an individual's life are added and the final score gives a rough estimate of how stress affects health. The need to be in a happy relationship where we feel loved, important and part of something – to belong – shows up very clearly when we look at the worst things that can happen in someone's life. Top of the stress list is death of a spouse and divorce and marital separation come second and third. Of the top 20, 11 are about relationships and only 2 are about money. ...

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