July 27, 2016 10:20 - 11:50

Reflecting on Relationship Conflict from a Self-Distanced (vs. Self-Immersed) Perspective Promotes Relationship Well-being

[Speaker] Küçükkömürler, Sanem:1
[Co-author] Kirimer Aydinli, Fulya:1, Selçuk, Emre:1
1:Middle East Technical University (Turkey)

Prior research showed that individuals who spontaneously take a self-distanced perspective in daily life exhibit better problem solving during conflict with their romantic partner. Extending these findings, the present study investigated whether experimentally manipulating perspective taking affects individuals' relationship well-being after reflecting on a past conflict with the partner. Participants were asked to recall a past conflict with their romantic partner either from a self-distanced (n = 54) or from a self-immersed (n = 56) perspective. Participants who recalled the conflict from a self-distanced (vs. self-immersed) perspective reported greater relationship satisfaction, even after statistically controlling for quality of romantic attachment and trait negative affect. These findings add to the growing evidence showing the benefits of self-distancing for interpersonal well-being.
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