A new study has found nitpicking and criticizing too much on life partner’s behavior can show them the way to grave early.
The study – published in the journal Health Psychology – found older people who reported higher levels of criticism were significantly more likely to die within the next five years than those who were not nitpicked by their partners, Daily Mail reports.
The findings concluded the same for both men and women – those who were most criticized were more than two times as likely to be found dead when the researchers followed them five years later.
Lead author Professor Jamila Bookwala of Lafayette College in Pennsylvania told frequent criticism can have a damaging impact on the body.
‘It can be a type of chronic interpersonal stressor, and, just like other chronic stressors, can have a cumulative and enduring negative impact on not only health and well-being – morbidity – but also mortality,’ she clearly stated.
How was the study conducted?
Professor Bookwala and the team from Lafayette College analyzed the data of 1,734 men and women – aged between 57-85 – previously interviewed by National Social Life, Health and Ageing Project.
The average age of the attendees was 68; 90% of the interviewed were married and others were either in a live-in or other intimate relationship.
The researchers asked the participants how often they felt they were criticized by their partners. To measure the outcome, a three-point scale was given – one meaning ‘hardly ever o never,’ two meaning ‘some of the time,’ and three meaning ‘often.’
The researchers found, with every hike in the three-point scale, chances of their death was higher when followed up by the researchers, Daily Mail reports.
Those who reported were ‘often’ criticized by their partners, had a 44% more chance of being deceased when followed up by the researchers five years later. This outcome is in comparison to them who reported criticism from their partner ‘some of the time’ and ‘hardly ever or never.’
Mortality rate disparity between the people was a staggering 107 percent increase from least to most criticized, the researchers have found.
‘Put simply: stop criticising your partner – it can negatively impact their health and how long they’ll live,’ the study concluded.