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Accommodation processes in close relationships: Theory and preliminary empirical evidence.
A theory of accommodation processes is advanced, and the results of 6 studies are reported. Accommodation refers to the willingness, when a partner has engaged in a potentially destructive act, to
Perceived superiority in close relationships: why it exists and persists.
It is revealed that earlier perceived superiority predicts later relationship status (persisted vs. ended) and increases over time in dyadic adjustment and also, commitment accounts for unique variance in perceived superiority beyond self-esteem.
An attributional analysis of excuse giving: studies of a naive theory of emotion.
Internal controllable excuses for being late augmented aversive emotional reactions, increased negative personality ratings, and resulted in a desire for no further social contact.
Level of commitment, mutuality of commitment, and couple well‐being
theory identifies level of dependence and mutuality of dependence as two key properties of interdependent relationships. In ongoing relationships, these structural properties are subjectively
Positive illusion in close relationships
The literature regarding self-other comparisons suggests that self-enhancing perceptions are prevalent, including forms of “illusion” such as excessively positive self-evaluation, unrealistic
Distinguishing elation, gladness, and joy.
On the basis of a structural analysis of the emotions, descriptive items were created that were postulated to discriminate between elation, gladness, and joy. The items described the situation of