"Sacrifice in close relationships"
VU University Amsterdam - Social and Organizational Psychology
Prof.dr. Paul van Lange (VU University Amsterdam)
Dr. Francesca Righetti (VU University Amsterdam)
1 October 2013 - 1 October 2017
VU University Amsterdam
Relationship partners often face situations in which there is a divergence of interests, what is good for one partner is not good for the other. In these situations, people need to make a decision between pursuing self-interest and sacrificing to promote the well-being of their partner or relationship. In the past, social psychologists have argued that sacrifice brings benefits to the individual and the relationship, but is this assumption true? Research on this topic is scarce and a dearth of research has investigated what occurs when people engage in real sacrifices, and especially when they do so frequently. To assess the impact of sacrifice on relationship well-being, three subprojects will be conducted with the use of new and diverse methodologies (e.g. experience sampling procedure). The conclusions will profoundly add to our understanding of sacrifice and of the dynamics that can lead to relationship dissolution.