Taking chances in the face of threat: romantic risk regulation and approach motivation.

@article{Cavallo2009TakingCI,
  title={Taking chances in the face of threat: romantic risk regulation and approach motivation.},
  author={Justin V. Cavallo and Gr{\'a}inne M. Fitzsimons and John G. Holmes},
  journal={Personality & social psychology bulletin},
  year={2009},
  volume={35 6},
  pages={737-51}
}
Four studies examine the hypothesis that goals adopted by high and low self-esteem people (HSEs and LSEs) to manage risk in romantic relationships may reflect global shifts in approach motivation and subsequently affect risk taking in nonsocial domains. In Studies 1 and 2, threats to participants' romantic relationships heightened HSEs' self-reported general approach motivation while lowering LSEs' approach motivation. In Studies 2 through 4, HSEs exhibited riskier decision making (i.e., a… CONTINUE READING