Dependence on a Partner and Relationship Maintenance Effort: Experimentally Manipulated Dependence Promoted Ingratiation but Not Guilt

Yohsuke Ohtsubo, Ayano Yagi, Koji Kandori, Asami Matsumura

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Abstract

Dependence on a partner facilitates various types of relationship maintenance effort. In this paper, we report on two experiments in which the level of dependence was manipulated. Study 1 tested whether dependence promotes other enhancement (a form of ingratiation, whereby the likeability of the partner is positively distorted). Study 2 tested whether dependence amplifies a sense of guilt after inadvertently committing a mild form of transgression against the partner, and whether amplified guilt facilitates self-punishment. In both experiments, dependence was manipulated in a conceptually similar manner: Participants’ experimental rewards were partially determined by their partner’s decision. Dependence promoted other enhancement (Study 1) but did not amplify guilt, and failed to promote self-punishment (Study 2). Possible reasons for the contradictory findings of the two studies are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)676-683
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Psychology
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jun 15
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Dependence
  • Goal instrumentality
  • Guilt
  • Ingratiation
  • Other enhancement
  • Relationship value
  • Self-punishment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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