Putting the partner within reach: a dyadic perspective on felt security in close relationships.

  title={Putting the partner within reach: a dyadic perspective on felt security in close relationships.},
  author={Sandra L. Murray and Paul Rose and John G. Holmes and Jaye L. Derrick and Eric J. Podchaski and Gina M. Bellavia and Dale W. Griffin},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={88 2},
The authors argue that felt insecurity in a partner's positive regard and caring stems from a specifically dyadic perception--the perception that a partner is out of one's league. A cross-sectional sample of dating couples revealed that people with low self-esteem feel inferior to their partner and that such feelings of relative inferiority undermine felt security in the partner's regard. Three experiments examined the consequences of reducing such perceived discrepancies by pointing to either… 
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