Reading your partner’s emotions can backfire

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The ability to read your partner’s emotions can weaken the relationship when anger or contempt enter the fray, research finds.

A team of psychologists aimed to figure out under what circumstances the ability to read another person’s emotions—”empathic accuracy”—is beneficial for a relationship and when it could be harmful.

The study examined whether the accurate perception of a romantic partner’s emotions has any bearing on the quality of a relationship and a person’s motivation to change when a romantic partner asks for a change in behavior or attitude.

While prior research on empathic accuracy had yielded mixed findings, the new

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