Given that, in the West today, 'being in love' is widely accepted as the best possible reason for making a life-commitment, the number of people who partner for other reasons is nothing less than astounding. Recent research shows that in the US only 65% of people who enter a life-commitment do so because they really want to be with that particular partner. Most of the rest (30%) partner in reaction to life stresses: they have lost another lover, a friend, a relative, hope or promotion, or they feel under other pressures. The final 5% partner because they have q uite coldly decided to make a particular commitment: 'it seemed the thing to do'.
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