Relationship-specific identification and spontaneous relationship maintenance processes.

@article{Linardatos2011RelationshipspecificIA,
  title={Relationship-specific identification and spontaneous relationship maintenance processes.},
  author={Lisa Linardatos and John E. Lydon},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2011},
  volume={101 4},
  pages={737-53}
}
Attractive alternative partners pose a relational threat to people in romantic relationships. Given that people are often limited in their time and energy, having the capacity to effortlessly respond to such relational threats is extremely useful. In 4 studies, we explored how people's identity in terms of their romantic relationship--their relationship-specific identity--affects their relationship-protective behaviors. We predicted that once a relationship becomes a part of one's sense of self… CONTINUE READING

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