Don't get your hopes up: avoidantly attached individuals perceive lower social reward when there is potential for intimacy.

@article{Spielmann2013DontGY,
  title={Don't get your hopes up: avoidantly attached individuals perceive lower social reward when there is potential for intimacy.},
  author={Stephanie S Spielmann and Jessica A. Maxwell and Geoff Macdonald and Patricia L. Baratta},
  journal={Personality & social psychology bulletin},
  year={2013},
  volume={39 2},
  pages={219-36}
}
We examine whether lower expectations for social reward selectively applied to high intimacy contexts may help avoidantly attached individuals minimize distress from reward loss. Studies 1, 2, and 4 demonstrated that avoidant attachment was negatively associated with perceived intimacy potential in relationships involving approach of closeness (current/future partners), but not for relationships less associated with approach of closeness (ex-partners). Studies 3 and 5 manipulated the potential… CONTINUE READING
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