Responses to verifying and enhancing appraisals from romantic partners: the role of trait importance and trait visibility
Article first published online: 5 SEP 2005
Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Social Psychology
Volume 35, Issue 5, pages 663–675, September/October 2005
How to Cite
Campbell, L. (2005), Responses to verifying and enhancing appraisals from romantic partners: the role of trait importance and trait visibility. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., 35: 663–675. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.288
- Issue published online: 5 SEP 2005
- Article first published online: 5 SEP 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 MAY 2005
- Manuscript Received: 20 NOV 2004
- American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award
An experiment assessed when people respond more positively to verifying and enhancing appraisals from romantic partners. Two-hundred and fifty-eight individuals comprising 129 dating couples participated in this research. Couples privately rated their self-concept on traits that were either high or low on trait visibility, rated how important each trait was to them, and rated their partners. A computer program ostensibly compared their self-ratings with appraisals from their partners on traits they selected as being high or low in personal importance, and participants received either verifying or enhancing feedback. Confirming predictions, people believed their partners understood them more when they received verifying feedback, but felt their partners saw the best in them when they received enhancing feedback. Additionally, people responded more positively to verifying appraisals on important, less visible traits, and enhancing appraisals on important, highly visible traits. Results are discussed in terms of preferences for enhancing and verifying feedback in romantic relationships. Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.