The pathophysiology of a failed marriage: How your spouse's body language might signal divorce is imminent, and how to avert it

Can body language predict divorce? Is there such as thing as the “pathophysiology” of a failed marriage? What even is pathophysiology? Wikipedia:

Pathophysiology is the study of the changes of normal mechanical, physical, and biochemical functions, either caused by a disease, or resulting from an abnormal syndrome. More formally, it is the branch of medicine which deals with any disturbances of body functions, caused by disease or prodromal symptoms.

Arguably, spouses body functions and body language can be indicias of unhappiness in a marriage, or at least, incompatibility which could lead to divorce.  Case in point, have you ever noticed how President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have this amazing chemistry together? The body language between those two is palpable. First of all, there is intense eye contact between them. When either of them is speaking, the other pays close attention. They hang on to each other’s words as if they are both genuinely interested in the other, and what the other has to say. This small “body language” speaks volumes about the level of respect that each of them have for the other.  There also seems to be genuine affection in the smiles they share, the close physical contact, and the ease with which they rib each other, and banter like old friends.
When a marriage lacks this type of chemistry, when this body language is non discernible, a marriage is likely to either fail, or the couple suffers in misery for many years. (Just because two people manage to stick with it doesn’t make the marriage a “success.”) A failed marriage is a marriage that either ends in divorce or does not end in divorce but is an institution where misery reigns. Marriage failure can be  pathophysiological; it is often due to a syndrome that can be cured alleviated by natural cures, therapy, or maybe even medicine so long as the problem is diagnosed in time and steps are taken to save the marriage. The clues are all there. Such simple things as eye-contact or the failure to make eye contact with one’s spouse (or worse, indiscriminate passing of flatulence and bad hygiene practices) can signal a pathophysiological situation that, when addressed, avert divorce.
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Originally published March 3, 2010