Emmy-winning actress Jennifer Aniston is creating nuptial news with her engagement to boyfriend of 15 months, Justin Theroux. This is her second attempt at marriage after a much-publicized divorce from Brad Pitt nearly seven years ago and a string of high profile relationships with famous faces that left America’s sweetheart seemingly broken hearted.
So what are Jen’s chances for success on the second go around? What are anyone’s chances when it comes to remarriage? It’s no secret that second marriages fail more than first marriages. In fact, most reports indicate that two out of three second marriages fail.
You’d think that divorce would lead to greater wisdom in avoiding future pitfalls. But that’s not the case. That’s why we thought it might be a good opportunity to offer a few of the wrong reasons, based on research, for getting re-married.
After all, ask most people why they are getting married – for the first or the second time – and the answer is nearly reflexive: “Because we are in love.” But if you scratch the surface you’ll find that the motivations for matrimony are far more complex. In fact, some reasons for marrying improve your chances of success while others work against it – especially when it comes to marrying for the second time.
Here are the four worst reasons people remarry:
1. Love at first sight.
While love at first sight seems like a romantic reason for marriage, but it’s not a good predictor of marital success. This is especially true for a second marriage that is supposed to be “magically” different from the first. Not that strong feelings of attraction cannot occur early in a relationship. They do. But such feelings alone provide a weak foundation for a long-lasting relationship.
2. Getting together on the rebound
Rebounding is also an unlikely predictor of longevity in marriage. It’s a proven fact that people tend to fall in love more easily when they have recently been rejected
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