Predictors of a marital storm

Simple facial expression of eye rolling could be a sign of marital trouble? We tell you about this and some other habits that may sink a marriage.

Once upon a time, there were five couples who were good friends. They socialised together regularly and even went on group holidays. They had dinner with each other over weekends, were the first to book tickets for the new movie in town and enjoyed sampling the cuisine at new restaurants.

The women sometimes met mid- week for shopping trips, and the guys got together for a game of golf or tennis. Then one fine day, the cracks began appearing. One couple (let’s call them A) announced their split. The reason? She wanted to adopt a baby and he didn’t.

The other four were just about getting used to socialising without couple A, when two other couples (let’s say B and C), said they were on the verge of breaking up too. This was because the husband of B had fallen in love with the wife of C.

Despite everyone’s attempts to get them to reconcile, they broke up anyway.

The shocking part of this story is that anyone who had been a part of this group before all the splits began taking place probably wouldn’t have imagined that their marriages would have ended in a divorce court.

We think we know all about them, the signals that mean a marriage is going strong.

Common interests, children, similar backgrounds, religious practices and so on. But our assumptions are often off the mark, and scientists have now come up with a list of powerful indicators that can help couples recognise marital problems before their relationship hits rock bottom.

Most of us judge our marriages by the wrong standards and even therapists go wrong when it comes to predicting which relationships will end in divorce and which won’t.

Here are some of the signs you should look out for.

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