"Walking on eggshells": how expressing relationship insecurities perpetuates them.

@article{Lemay2008WalkingOE,
  title={"Walking on eggshells": how expressing relationship insecurities perpetuates them.},
  author={Edward P Lemay and M. Clark},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2008},
  volume={95 2},
  pages={
          420-41
        }
}
The authors present a model positing that when people are insecure about a relationship partner's acceptance, they often express emotional vulnerabilities to the partner, which causes them to believe the partner views them as highly vulnerable and insecure. In turn, this belief causes them to doubt the authenticity of the partner's expressions of positive regard, which may perpetuate the experience and expression of insecurity that initiated the process. Prototypes of interactions with… Expand

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