The effects of romantic partners’ goal congruence on affective well-being

  title={The effects of romantic partners’ goal congruence on affective well-being},
  author={Judith Gere and Ulrich Schimmack and Rebecca T. Pinkus and Penelope Lockwood},
  journal={Journal of Research in Personality},

Figures and Tables from this paper

The Role of Goal Congruence in Relationship Quality and Subjective Well-being

The goal of this dissertation was to examine how people pursue their personal goals in the context of an intimate relationship. Two studies were conducted; a daily diary study of dating partners’

A Multi-Occasion Multi-Rater Model of Affective Dispositions and Affective Well-Being

Personality theories assume that affective dispositions have a strong influence on affective experience and well-being, produce cross-situational consistency, and that positive and negative

The impact of non-harmonious goals on partner support and taking on opportunities

Romantic partners often support each other to progress toward goals. However, at times partners’ goals are not in harmony and conflict with partner or relationship needs, leading to negative

Sacrifice in close relationships: Motives, emotions, and relationship outcomes

Romantic partners often face situations in which their preferences, interests and goals are not well aligned—what is good for one partner is not good for the other. In these situations, people need

Beyond the self in self-control

The purpose of this research was to examine the role of self-construal on goal instrumentality in close friendships. Participants (105 female friend dyads, N = 210) were asked to set personal

The burden of empathy: Partners' responses to divergence of interests in daily life.

It was found that when people encountered divergence of interests with one's partner, as compared with when they did not, they experienced higher negative mood and stress and, consequently, lower relationship satisfaction, and these effects were intensified, rather than reduced, by empathy.

Why Are We Together? A Dyadic Longitudinal Investigation of Relationship Motivation, Goal Progress and Adjustment.

Actor-partner interdependence models (APIMs) revealed that actor's autonomous relationship motivation was positively associated with relationship and self-oriented goal progress, and was associated with increases in subjective well-being and relationship satisfaction.

Motivational Interdependence in Couple Relationships

This article presents an integrative conceptual model of motivational interdependence in couples, the MIC model. Based on theoretical tenets in motivation psychology, personality psychology, and

Proficiency in positive vs. negative emotion identification and subjective well-being among long-term married elderly couples

There was evidence that it was increased partner expertise in identifying negative (rather than positive) emotional states that predicted greater life satisfaction levels among the PD patients and their spouses and a tendency to underestimate their intensity.

Shifting priorities

We investigated whether partners in newly developing romantic relationships adjust their goals when they experience conflict with the goals of their partner, and the consequences of goal conflict and



Personal goals and emotional well-being: the moderating role of motive dispositions.

Two studies examined the importance of motive dispositions in determining the extent to which the pursuit of personal goals accounts for interindividual differences in emotional well-being and found that the combination of high commitment to and high attainability of motive-congruent goals predicted an increase in students' emotionalWell-being over 1 semester.

A Multi-Occasion Multi-Rater Model of Affective Dispositions and Affective Well-Being

Personality theories assume that affective dispositions have a strong influence on affective experience and well-being, produce cross-situational consistency, and that positive and negative

Personal goals and social support in close relationships: Effects on relationship mood and marital satisfaction

Two studies examined the importance of social support as related to the pursuit of personal goals in accounting for individuals' satisfaction with close relationships. In Study I, students'

Conflict among personal strivings: immediate and long-term implications for psychological and physical well-being.

It was demonstrated that conflict and ambivalence ratings were stable and that these ratings predicted psychosomatic complaints over time, and that subjects were less likely to act on conflictful and ambivalent strivings but to spend more time thinking about these Strivings.

How goal instrumentality shapes relationship evaluations.

Findings from 6 experiments support the hypothesis that relationship evaluations and behavioral tendencies are goal dependent, reflecting the instrumentality of significant others for the self's

Creating and undermining social support in communal relationships: the role of compassionate and self-image goals.

Actors' average compassionate and self-image goals interacted to predict changes over 3 weeks in partners' reports of social support received from and given to actors; support that partners gave to actors, in turn, predicted changes in actors' perceived available support, indicating that people with compassionate goals create a supportive environment for themselves and others, but only if they do not have self-images.

Subjective well-being.

  • E. Diener
  • Psychology
    Psychological bulletin
  • 1984
The literature on subjective well-being (SWB), including happiness, life satisfaction, and positive affect, is reviewed in three areas: measurement, causal factors, and theory. Psychometric data on

Measurement of communal strength

Communal strength refers to a person's degree of motivation to respond to a communal partner's needs. The development and testing of a questionnaire measure of communal strength is described. Study 1

The need to belong: desire for interpersonal attachments as a fundamental human motivation.

Existing evidence supports the hypothesis that the need to belong is a powerful, fundamental, and extremely pervasive motivation, and people form social attachments readily under most conditions and resist the dissolution of existing bonds.

For better and for worse: everyday social comparisons between romantic partners.

Results suggest that, owing to higher levels of empathy and shared fate with partners, comparisons function differently in romantic than in other relationships.