ERIC Number: ED423453
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
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Personality Similarity, Interpersonal Perception, and Relationship Satisfaction.
Kobes, Keith J.; Lichtenberg, James W.
Assumptions regarding the relationships among personality type, communication, and relationship satisfaction were investigated. The Myers-Briggs' claim about personality matching, communication, and relationship satisfaction was directly evaluated. Myers-Briggs has asserted that homogamy of psychological type has a direct and positive impact on the quality of dyadic communication (understanding), and subsequently, on relationship satisfaction; conversely, heterogamy of psychological type may be damaging to interpersonal communication and relationship satisfaction. Communication, specifically interpersonal understanding, is thought to be the variable that regulates the association between personality matching and relationship success. Of the four MBTI dimensions, the perceptual dimensions of Sensing (S) and Intuition (N) are considered to be the most significantly related to marital compatibility. In order to assess interpersonal communication, the Relationship Resources Communication Questionnaire was developed for this study. Results failed to confirm Myers-Briggs' assertion that matching on the S-N dimension of the MBTI is related to the communication variables of agreement, expected agreement, understanding, similarity, perceived similarity, or marital satisfaction. However, results confirm that communication is related to marital satisfaction, and some relationship resources are found to be more salient to marital satisfaction than others. (Contains 1 tables, 2 figures, and 56 references.) (EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).