What you think is what you get: comparative evaluations of close relationships.

@article{Broemer2003WhatYT,
  title={What you think is what you get: comparative evaluations of close relationships.},
  author={Philip Broemer and Michael Diehl},
  journal={Personality & social psychology bulletin},
  year={2003},
  volume={29 12},
  pages={1560-9}
}
Three studies tested the hypothesis that focus of comparison moderates the influence of comparison standards on relationship satisfaction. Participants were asked to evaluate either their current relationships or their alternative relationships relative to an external comparison standard: a romantic stereotype (Study 1) or others' relationships (Studies 2 and 3). Consistent with the focusing hypothesis, the results show that people are more satisfied when they assimilate their relationship… CONTINUE READING

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