We go behind the scenes of Married at First sight. Sort of.
Holding out for “The One”?
Just stop. Because they don’t exist.
That’s the opinion of Sabina Read, the psychologist who works on the breakout Channel 9 hit Marriage At First Sight. Mamamia Out Loud spoke to her this week. And when I say Mamamia Out Loud, I actually mean just me. #obsessed.
I had SO many questions. What were the contestants like? How much science went into it? Were there any dickheads on the show? (answer: no):
Read says the idea of ‘the one’ is nothing more than fairytale perpetuated by Hollywood. And it’s time we embraced relationships for what they actually are: complicated, ever changing, and actually often nothing like how they start out.
Talking about what went on behind the scenes of Marriage At First Sight, she says when she was first asked to be part of the show, she said no. “I thought that the idea of arranging someone else’s marriage seemed like a bad idea,” she said. But as she researched it, she realised there was much more to it.
It wasn’t a cheap reality show, it was a vital social experiment. Applicants were trailed for days, months, their lives, hopes, beliefs, values forensically scrutinised. The big questions were delved into. And at the end of the day, it was hopeful people looking for love.
The problem, Read says, is that people typically never ask the questions they should at the beginning of relationships. The way we get together with partners is we’re attracted to something we see. We smooth over the bigger details and we minimise the important stuff.