Romantic partners can actually change your personality, says psych professor

Being with a partner you trust has a maturing effect, says Linfield College psychology Professor Yanna Weisberg.

Her research shows that a better partner brings out your better self.

“The social role of a relationship leads partners to become more mature in order to suit the needs of that role,” says Weisberg, who studies the effect of romance on personality.

“Our engagement in romantic relationships is a major life event, but the effect of those relationships on personalities isn’t yet well understood,” Weisberg says. “Scientists are just beginning to investigate this area.”