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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 indicate whether specific positive and negative events were more or less likely to occur in the future of their relationship than the typical/average relationship.


  • The love my partner and I share continuing to grow.
  • My partner and I always having compatible hopes and desires for our relationship.
  • My partner and I always being able to share our innermost feelings with one another.
  • My partner or I resenting the time we spend on our relationship.
  • My partner and I running out of things to talk about.
  • Our relationship breaking up.


  • Murray, S.L., and J.G. Holmes (1997), "A leap of faith? Positive illusions in romantic relationships", Personality and social Psychology Bulletin, 23, 586-604. [Endnote]