Hasbro Gaming study reveals board games can show partners’ true colours

A new study by Hasbro Gaming has revealed how Brits feel are the best ways to get to know their partners.

A wander-lusting 54 per cent of couples think taking a trip away is the best way to get to know each other inside and out.

The study of 2,000 people currently in a relationship, commissioned by Hasbro Gaming, also revealed the importance of the kitchen in budding romance, with 47 per cent putting stock in cooking together to help strengthen the bond with their other half.

Two in five believe that playing a game also helps to reveal your partner’s true colours, with the contentious classic Monopoly, the game most likely to bring out your other half’s hidden side.

Big Brother’s former resident professor Geoff Beattie, said: “It can take years to truly get to know your other half, and even then, there are certain parts of their personality they may never reveal to you.”

Still, after your first break away together, some quality time in the kitchen and a few heated games of Monopoly, you should be a little bit closer to truly understanding what makes your spouse tick. 

Other activities which could help you to get to know your partner better include meeting their parents, spending Christmas together and watching their favourite film.”

When pitted against each other across the Monopoly board, couples admitted to seeing a different side to their loved one. One in eight said their other half was a stickler for the rules, while one in ten thought their spouse was prone to gloating when the odds were in their favour. 

In fact, 18 per cent revealed that Monopoly brings out the ruthless side in their opposition, and 32 per cent think the game is the most likely to encourage competition and stir up a row between their partner and themselves.

This classic game is no stranger to bust-ups, last Christmas there were over 2,000 calls to the dedicated Monopoly Hotline helping resolve disputes, after research found that over half of games end in acrimony around rules and cheating. 

Psychologist Geoff Beattie continued, “It’s really interesting to see how much couples believe they can learn about their partner’s personality from playing a game like Monopoly. When people become engrossed in certain activities, including play, they monitor their own behaviour less and reveal hidden aspects of their personality."

Hasbro has launched a Monopoly Personality Quiz, in which players can find out which kind of player group they fall into.

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