Relational discrepancy theory: the implications of self discrepancy theory for dyadic relationships and for the emergence of social structure.

@article{Robins2003RelationalDT,
  title={Relational discrepancy theory: the implications of self discrepancy theory for dyadic relationships and for the emergence of social structure.},
  author={Garry Robins and Jennifer M. Boldero},
  journal={Personality and social psychology review : an official journal of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc},
  year={2003},
  volume={7 1},
  pages={56-74}
}
Relationship formation and maintenance is guided by more than similarity between partners' actual selves. Expanding the domain of self-discrepancy theory (SDT; Higgins, 1987), we propose that a type of discrepancy previously not considered-discrepancies between self-aspects of relational partners-is central to relationship cognition, including perceptions of intimacy and trust, and to the emergence of roles within relationships. Our argument relates both to unconstrained environments, where… CONTINUE READING

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