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Murray, Sandra L., John G. Holmes, and Maya Aloni (2009), "Commitment Insurance: Compensating for the Autonomy Costs of Interdependence in Close Relationships", Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97, 256-278.



  • Asked participants to describe their partner’s status on various positive (e.g., kind and affectionate, intelligent, loving) and negative qualities (e.g., distant, critical and judgemental, controlling and dominant). Participants rated where their partner stood on these qualities relative to the average/typical partner.



  • Murray, S. L., J. G. Holmes, and D. W. Griffin (1996), "The benefits of positive illusions: Idealization and the construction of satisfaction in close relationships.", Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 70, 79-98. [Endnote]