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Finkel et al., 2013: Taking a third party perspective when dealing with marital conflicts improved marital satisfaction among couples over a year

Reference:

Finkel, E. J., Slotter, E. B., Luchies, L. B., Walton, G. M., & Gross, J. J. (2013). A brief intervention to promote conflict reappraisal preserves marital quality over time. Psychological Science, 24(8), 1595-1601.
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Summary:

Asking married couples in three 7-minute writing exercises over a year to consider how “a neutral third party who wants the best for all” would think about a conflict in their marriage and how they could take this perspective in future conflict situations halted the typical decline in marital satisfaction over the year.

Psychological Process:

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

Personal and Social Experiences

Psychological Question Addressed

How can I better manage this conflict?

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

How can I better manage this conflict?

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Walton & Wilson, 2018