The Mismeasure of Love: How Self-Doubt Contaminates Relationship Beliefs

@article{Murray2001TheMO,
  title={The Mismeasure of Love: How Self-Doubt Contaminates Relationship Beliefs},
  author={Sandra L. Murray and John G. Holmes and Dale W. Griffin and Gina M. Bellavia and Paul Rose},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  year={2001},
  volume={27},
  pages={423 - 436}
}
The authors argue that individuals with more negative models of self are involved in less satisfying relationships because they have difficulty believing that they are loved by good partners. Dating and married couples completed measures of self-models, perceptions of the partner’s love, perceptions of the partner, and relationship well-being. The results revealed that individuals troubled by self-doubt underestimated the strength of their partners’ love. Such unwarranted insecurities predicted… 

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