Self-processes in interdependent relationships: Partner affirmation and the Michelangelo Phenomenon

Rusbult, Caryl E.; Kumashiro, Madoka; Stocker, Shevaun L.; Kirchner, Jeffrey L.; Finkel, Eli J. and Coolsen, Michael K.. 2005. Self-processes in interdependent relationships: Partner affirmation and the Michelangelo Phenomenon. Interaction Studies, 6(3), pp. 375-391. ISSN 1572-0373 [Article]

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This essay reviews theory and research regarding the “Michelangelo phenomenon,” which describes the manner in which close partners shape one another’s dispositions, values, and behavioral tendencies. Individuals are more likely to exhibit movement toward their ideal selves to the degree that their partners exhibit affirming perception and behavior; exhibiting confidence in the self’s capacity and enacting behaviors that elicit key features of the self’s ideal. In turn, movement towards the ideal self yields enhanced personal well-being and couple well-being. We review empirical evidence regarding this phenomenon and discuss self and partner variables that contribute to the process.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1075/is.6.3.05rus

Keywords:

behavioral confirmation, close relationships, ideal self, interdependence, partner affirmation, personal well-being and self processes

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
January 2005Published

Item ID:

28130

Date Deposited:

27 Jan 2020 16:56

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27 Jan 2020 16:56

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/28130

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