Do you know yourself? Sense of self, jealousy, trust, and satisfaction.
This research aimed to identify how an individual’s weak sense of self, feelings of jealousy, and trust predict satisfaction in romantic relationships. Research suggests that individuals with a weak sense of self feel as if they do not know who they are, what they think, or what their own opinions are. Moderated mediation results from participants in committed relationships (N=261) supported our hypotheses: Jealousy mediated the association between having a weak sense of self and lower relationship satisfaction. Moreover, this mediation was moderated by feelings of trust, such that those who reported lower levels of trust and feelings of jealousy reported lower relationship satisfaction. Findings illustrate that those with weak sense of self also have trouble with interpersonal relationships, including increased jealousy and decreased trust and satisfaction. Uncertainties about the self may lead to increased feelings of insecurity in the relationship.
Society for Personality and Social Psychology
DiBello, A. M., Øverup, C. S., Rodriguez, L. M., & Neighbors, C. (2015, February). Do you know yourself? Sense of self, jealousy, trust, and satisfaction. Presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA.
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