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Marigold et al., 2007, Experiment 3: Recalling and reflecting on a complement from romantic partner increased sense of security, value in their relationship and positive partner behavior among low self-esteem partners

Reference:

Marigold, D. C., Holmes, J. G., & Ross, M. (2007). More than words: Reframing compliments from romantic partners fosters security in low self-esteem individuals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92(2), 232.
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Summary:

People were asked to recall a recent compliment from their romantic partner and to “Explain why your partner admired you. Describe what it meant to you and its significance for your relationship.” As compared to both reflecting on “whether” the compliment had a significant meaning for them and their relationship and no specific instructions about how to describe the compliment, this led people with low self-esteem to feel more secure in the relationship and to value the relationship more immediately and, over the next 2-3 weeks, to see their partner as behaving more positively toward them and to continue to feel more secure in the relationship and to value it more.

Psychological Process:

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

Other People and Groups

Approach to Desired Meaning

What about it?

Changing how other people appear to view the self

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Am I loved and valued?Am I loved and valued?

Psychological Question Addressed

Am I loved and valued?

Psychological Process 2:

Need

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What About it?

Approach to Desired Meaning

Approach to Desired Meaning

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Process 3:

Need

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

Approach to Desired Meaning

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Am I loved and valued?

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Walton & Wilson, 2018