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ERIC Number: EJ859948
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 125
ISSN: ISSN-0033-295X
The Architecture of Interdependent Minds: A Motivation-Management Theory of Mutual Responsiveness
Murray, Sandra L.; Holmes, John G.
Psychological Review, v116 n4 p908-928 Oct 2009
A model of mutual responsiveness in adult romantic relationships is proposed. Behaving responsively in conflict-of-interest situations requires one partner to resist the temptation to be selfish and the other partner to resist the temptation to protect against exploitation. Managing risk and the attendant temptations of self-interest require the interpersonal mind to function in ways that coordinate trust and commitment across partners. The authors describe a system of procedural or "if...then" rules that foster mutuality in responsiveness by informing and motivating trust and commitment. The authors further argue that tuning rule accessibility and enactment to match the situations encountered in a specific relationship shapes its personality. By imposing a procedural structure on the interdependent mind, the proposed model of mutual responsiveness reframes interdependence theory and generates important research questions for the future. (Contains 5 footnotes, 3 tables, and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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