The Role of Unstable Self-Esteem in the Appraisal of Romantic Relationships
The relationship appraisals of individuals with stable and unstable forms of self-esteem were examined in two studies using undergraduate participants. Study 1 (N=166) used indicators of relationship closeness and satisfaction whereas Study 2 (N=125) examined relationship commitment. Across both studies, men with unstable high self-esteem reported more positive views of their relationships than other individuals. We believe that the fragile nature of their feelings of self-worth may have motivated these men to appraise their relationships positively in an effort to maintain and enhance their own tenuous feelings of self-worth. These findings suggest that men with unstable high self-esteem may use their romantic relationships to regulate how they feel about themselves. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Personality and Individual Differences
Fulton, J. J.,
(2011). The Role of Unstable Self-Esteem in the Appraisal of Romantic Relationships. Personality and Individual Differences, 51(1), 51-56.
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