Science says there are ten signs a relationship will fail. The researchers say the more important predictors of whether a relationship will succeed or fail have a foundation in both the union and people in it. The ten most predictive signs are divided into five factors to do with the relationship itself and five character factors of the lovers, but it’s a little more complicated than just checking boxes off a list. Lead study author Samantha Joel explains, “The dynamic that you build with someone — the shared norms, the in-jokes, the shared experiences — is so much more than the separate individuals who make up that relationship. It really seems that having a great relationship is less about finding the perfect partner or changing your current partner, and more about building that relationship itself — setting up the conditions that will allow the relationship to flourish.” Still, the study notes that “none of these variables could predict whose relationship quality would increase versus decrease over time.” So just because a couple fits all the criteria at the beginning of their relationship doesn’t mean they will hold up as a couple over time. Here’s the complete story from the NY Post.