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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.



  • Participants in the experimental, autonomy loss condition then completed a purported Autonomy Survey developed at the University of Michigan. This survey asked participants to indicate whether specific events where they could not meet their goals had ever happened to them because of their relationship with their partner.


  • I couldn’t watch something I wanted to watch on TV.
  • I had to go out with friends of my partner that I didn’t like.
  • I had my sleep disrupted.
  • I ran out of something because my partner used the last of it.
  • I spent time with my partner when I wanted to work.