Divorce has psychological foundations and several scientific studies confirm this. Let's find out why it happens more often in certain periods
The months in which divorce occurs most frequently? According to some statistical studies, it would seem August and March. The effect of profound psychological feelings that lead to seeking divorce would lie in an anomalous increase in the requests for separation presented to divorce lawyers. It's the cause? In August it seems to be the holidays. Relaxation, moving away from everyday life and a progressive lowering of psychological defenses, would be the causes that would lead people to be less attentive. Thus spontaneous flirtations are born, often defined as summer escapades. Will they be trivial things? Not a real betrayal? As far as it appears from the research carried out, it is a question of real psychological blows that tend to sink relationships. As has been explained, the famous summer betrayals are one of the main causes of the increase in divorces.
And as you can understand, there are many others. In particular, during the holidays voluntary mechanisms are created which, – as the sociologists of the University of Washington D.C. have pointed out, – lead to abnormal behavior of the person. Hormone levels absent before are activated. The result is a different relationship with one's partner and with other people. And if a person in other months of the year would certainly have rejected the idea of a summer escapade, at the end of August he certainly won't. The study was carried out by Washington's sociology professor, Julie Brines, and his graduate student, Brian Serafini. The duo composed of the student and the professor found the evidence expressed in quantity of numbers concerning two peaks of divorce over a year. The first usually takes place around mid-March, the second, however, occurs in the last week of August.
And if in August everything is explained by the holidays and relaxation that tend to change the person's response to certain factors, in March, however, what would be the causes? If believing the response data provided by the two researchers, the March divorce would be due to a number of factors that occur in the winter. These would be the Christmas, New Year's holidays, the cold of the winter months which tends to bring people together in a warm place. All this, in short, leads to an involuntary response in March, so if people in a month tend to bond and get very close, in the next one they are led to vary a little, looking for the right relationship distance. The analyzed database from which the numbers of divorce requests were taken begins in 2001 and ends in 2015.
The average number of legal practices started between August and September and March therefore covers 15 years and is therefore a very important statistical figure to follow. A figure that shows how harmful summer and winter holidays are for couples. And once the second week of September begins, the odds of getting divorced drop drastically, with the minimum peak of divorces in December, right over the holiday season. The reason? During the holidays the couple is always happier and more united. There are fewer reasons to fight and in general there is an atmosphere of joy and serenity in the world. In this regard, there is an effect similar to an undisputed and perhaps even unjustifiable positivity, so that instead of divorcing families, they get together and couples get back together. Also at Christmas people tend to marry.
The divorce research conducted by the two scholars will be presented at the 111th edition of the American Sociological Associaticion (defined as ASA). During their intervention, the two will try to show how the frequency of divorces tends to respect in all respects what are the norms of a normal domestic calendar, when divorces and rapprochements occur on the basis of precise causes that occur with a certain cyclicality. According to the two scholars, the winter and summer holidays are "culturally sacred", which is why nobody wants to ask for a divorce immediately during the Christmas holidays or during the summer holidays. On the other hand, there are many factors that, on a psychological basis, lead individuals to seek divorce immediately after the end of the holidays. It would seem an anomalous and perhaps even not normal behavior.
To all this is added also the post-holiday expectations, those that perhaps push people to imagine a return to union in life with their partner in a different way. More appropriate, or more kind. On the other hand, when reality becomes clear in a negative way, inconclusive sentences arrive, positivity drops, quarrels begin and we return to the gray routine, from which misunderstandings arise. Finally, there is also another lawsuit leading to late summer divorces. The children. In fact, as has been amply demonstrated by the study carried out by the two colleagues, adults tend to get divorced before their children go to school. The reason? It seems that it is not to overload the little ones too much, who in addition to the school in this case should also endure divorce. The study was later confirmed by divorces in states such as Ireland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.