“Don’t worry, you’ll find someone!” is the immediate response you expect from people discovering that an adult woman is single for a long period of time.
Why is it that we assume she is unhappy, unlucky in love or looking for a partner? We tend to dismiss the possibility of her choosing to remain single and being content with her decision.
“Studies have shown that single women tend to be happier than married women,” said Andrea Tosatto, Clinical Psychologist. Then why are we baffled when we come across a woman who is older, living a self-sustained and solo life?
“Culture, social pressure and coercion from family force women to commit in a relationship and because of those constructs we are trained to look down upon women who choose to remain single,” added Tosatto. These ideals sometimes lead women to settle and stray from their plans of remaining solo.
Dr. Andrea Tosatto,
Clinical Psychologist, ACPN
(Gulf News, April 3, 2018)