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I notice this happens ubiquitously. When siblings are apart in college, or kids away from parents due to college, or even long distance relationships - during a reunion (like over the holidays) only the positives tend to be highlighted, there is generally less fighting and more harmony and the overall relationship feels much better than it would be on average if the separation was not there.

What is the name of this effect, if it has one? Or are there any results/studies about this?

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We Czechs use the term "submarine disease". Is "cabin fever" what you have in mind? – Jan Dvorak Nov 8 '13 at 18:09
@JanDvorak cabin fever is the reverse effect – user3543 Nov 8 '13 at 22:42
Absence makes the heart grow fonder – Greg McNulty Nov 14 '13 at 0:11

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