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Romantic relationships as shared reality defense

Murray, SL and Lamarche, VM and Seery, MD (2017) 'Romantic relationships as shared reality defense.' Current Opinion in Psychology. ISSN 2352-250X

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Abstract

A model of meaning maintenance in relationships is proposed to explain how relationships function to regulate threats to shared systems of meaning posed by life’s capricious and unexpected events. This model assumes that people flexibility compensate for unexpected events in the world by affirming the expected in their relationship and compensate for unexpected events in the relationship by affirming the expected in the world. Supportive evidence is reviewed that reveals how people in more or less satisfying relationships flexibly maintain a sense of life’s meaning in the face of unexpected events.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2017 10:42
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2018 02:00
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20723

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