Cosmo magazine is considered the KING of relationship tests. There are always questionnaires in there seeing if your relationship can really stand the test of time. While they are usually pretty good, they are not the first magazine to ever put out a relationship test. The Smithsonian Magazine has recently published a relationship test from the 1920s that used actual machines! Can you relationship stand the heat?
There are 4 parts to the test, each pretty simple. But you’d be pretty surprised how on target this test from the 1920s is compared to those being published now. There are 4 major components to this test:
#1.) Are you deeply physically attracted? The author says that physical attraction is THE most important element for a marriage. So he’d test whether a couple got shortness of breath or a fast heartbeat when they looked at each other.
#2.) How sympathetic are you? In this test, each person would watch the other one go through something mildly traumatic, like giving blood. And they’d be tested on whether they had strong physical reactions to seeing the other person in pain.
#3.) Can you deal with each other’s body odor? This is great . . . the author says he believes more marriages are destroyed by BAD BODY ODOR than any other reason.
#4.) Do you balance each other out in stressful situations? For this test, the author would surprise the couple by firing a gun into the air. He wanted to make sure one person had a more nervous reaction than the other, to show balance.
I know this seems like a simple test, but could your relationship hold up?
Read more about the test from the 1920s at SmithsonianMag.com