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Couples with good support from family and friends and good coping skills do better getting through such ordeals as job loss, which can tear marriages apart. The best way to handle the bad behavior that arises with such stressful events is “try to realize that when your partner behaves badly, they’re not always going to be that way, and it doesn’t represent what they’re really like,” advised Art Aron, a psychology professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, who with his wife and longtime collaborator Elaine Aron, specializes in the study of close relationships and what it takes to make them work.

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