The effects of self-regulatory strength, content, and strategies on close relationships

Laura B. Luchies*, Eli J. Finkel, Gráinne M. Fitzsimons

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This article reviews the growing literature on the effects of self-regulatory strength (how much self-regulatory ability people have), self-regulatory content (the goals toward which people self-regulate), and self-regulatory strategies (the manner in which people self-regulate) on close relationships. The extant literature indicates that close relationships benefit when relationship partners (a) have greater versus less self-regulatory strength, (b) prioritize relationship-promotion goals versus self-protection goals, (c) facilitate versus obstruct each other's personal goal pursuits, (d) enact positive relationship behaviors using approach versus avoidance strategies, and (e) pursue shared goals using complementary versus similar regulatory focus strategies. Future research could fruitfully (a) delve deeper into the influences of self-regulatory content and strategies on relationships and (b) integrate multiple lines of research examining the effects of self-regulation on relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)949-977
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Personality
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes


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