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How many people feel as though they have attained that type of ideal?

In order to hit all these self-improvement targets, you may need more from a spouse or romantic partner than was expected in years past – and a partner who is also your best friend may be a step in the right direction.

To see if those who consider their partner their best friend also expect more from them, the Monmouth University Poll asked, 'For an ideal relationship, how much should you expect your partner to help you grow and expand as a person?

Being someone's BFF is a big deal – you don't hand over the other half of your 'Best Friends' necklace to just anyone.

Having a romantic partner who is also your best friend potentially sounds perfect.

Of course, while individuals can expect more, that won't automatically translate into better results.

Think of it this way: Simply because you want more from your job, it doesn't guarantee you're going to get what you want.Other research shows that those in friendship-based love relationships feel they have a highly likable partner, and that shared companionship is an important part of the love.A study of 622 married individuals revealed that those with higher scores on the friendship-based love scale also reported more relationship satisfaction, greater perceived importance of the relationship, greater respect for their spouse, and felt closer to their spouse.' Our poll results indicated generally high expectations overall, and individuals with best-friend romantic partners expected a bit more from them.Couples now expect their relationships to promote personal growth and help individuals fulfill their own goals.But expectations for modern relationships have evolved in the intervening years.