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Types of Couples

5 Types of Couples

After two weeks of dinners, happy hours, and parties with all types of couples this holiday, I started to notice some patterns. Every relationship, of course, is a complex and unique little creature. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that most couples in my life — new and established, young and old, happy and troubled — can be lumped into at least one of a few distinct categories. Here are my completely untested, nonscientific findings:

  • The PDA couple: Loves each other. A lot. And isn’t afraid to show it, whether the venue is appropriate for smooching or not.
  • The "just pals" couple: Opposite of the PDA couple. So low-key about their relationship, you sometimes forget they’re romantically involved. With a little luck, your parents fall into this category.
  • The bickerers: Seem to get into trivial arguments all the time — or at least whenever they’re in public. Whether they think it’s cute, or it just strains their relationship to be social, you may never know.
  • The lopsided couple: Separate, and not so equal, either. One half of the couple clearly wears the pants in the relationship, and friends are subjected to frequent and uncomfortable power plays.
  • The inspirational couple: It may be your grandparents, your aunt and uncle, or that couple you’ve known since high school, but everyone knows a pair who reinforces the fact that healthy, happy relationships do exist. When you spend time with this duo, take notes.

Anything I missed?

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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 6 years
Girl Jen is so right. I'd say my hubby and I are the just friends type although around our close friends we do have the power struggle going on because he's so P-A.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
How about the "There is no way that this will end well" couple? This designation only shows up when you know both halves of the couple, well enough to know that one or both of them is crazy.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
I know what you mean, hypnotic... there are the funny bickerers that are obviously doing it in a more endearing way and it's silly and fun. But traditional bickerers... GAH, they are so annoying. I can't stand being around couples who cannot do anything but have pathetic, annoying, and totally pointless arguments. It's really awkward to be around.
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
the couple where only one of them seems to exist. i have a friend who cannot talk about anything but her husband. on vacation: "i wish we had one more day so adam could hike". on sunday's; "adam is SO tired, he really needs to relax one more day before going back to work". anytime: "i feel so sorry for adam. i think he's catching a cold and he did not like the dinner we went out for". odd.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 6 years
Not sure what you would call them but there are couples who seem to enjoy "bickering" and keep a sense of humor about it. They're actually quite funny to hear sometimes. My Niece and her husband for instance usually end a disagreement with a smile or a laugh. Now that's the way to do it.
Lia-Rose Lia-Rose 6 years
I've had all these types of relationships except the bickerers and the inspirational.
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