People strive to maintain a coherent self-view, and that is always easier when they behave in consistent ways across different settings.
Importantly, many of the above benefits still hold when couples don’t share a common workspace or organization.
It is not surprising that romance springs up at the office.
Research shows that women tend to earn and advance their career less when they cofound a business with their romantic partners.
These data suggest that women who go into business with their husbands may be less independent and assertive than those who pursue a separate career.
Another obvious disadvantage of working with your romantic partner is that relationship problems are likely to spill over to work.
This can range from minor couple disputes to major relationship issues, including break-ups and divorce.
It is a non-threatening environment where we have an opportunity to meet potential dating partners and learn more about them than just what they look like.
Yet romantic involvement between employees is loaded with dangers for both the employees and for their employer.
The closer the couples work together, the more these personal issues will interfere with their work, and these problems will also affect other colleagues who may often be trapped in the middle of their conflicts.
It is not uncommon in such cases for one of the partners to be forced to change jobs and even careers, just to avoid being with their ex.
Freud defined normality as the capacity to love and work.