The self-fulfilling nature of positive illusions in romantic relationships: love is not blind, but prescient.

  title={The self-fulfilling nature of positive illusions in romantic relationships: love is not blind, but prescient.},
  author={Sandra L Murray and John G. Holmes and Dale W. Griffin},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={71 6},
It is proposed that satisfying, stable relationships reflect intimates' ability to see imperfect partners in idealized ways. In this study of the long-term benefits (or possible costs) of positive illusions, both members of dating couples completed measures of idealization and well-being 3 times in a year. Path analyses revealed that idealization had a variety of self-fulfilling effects. Relationships were most likely to persist-even in the face of conflicts and doubts-when intimates idealized… 
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