Kindred spirits? The benefits of egocentrism in close relationships.

  title={Kindred spirits? The benefits of egocentrism in close relationships.},
  author={Sandra L Murray and John G. Holmes and Gina M. Bellavia and Dale W. Griffin and Dan Dolderman},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={82 4},
The authors argue that people are happiest in their relationships when they believe they have found a kindred spirit, someone who understands them and shares their experiences. As reality may not always be that accommodating, however, intimates may find this sense of confidence by egocentrically assuming that their partners are mirrors of themselves. Both members of dating and married couples completed measures of satisfaction and felt understanding. They also described their own and their… 
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