The Role of Self-Esteem, Attachment Style, and Social Interest in Predicting Love Relationship Satisfaction

An individual‘s potential for perceiving satisfaction in love depends on a complex array of factors. Amidst the many process and outcome variables, the author sorts through a series of significant factors, ultimately weaving together a relationship-success forecasting model. The author begins his review with a discussion of the social-cognitive literature as it defines the self as socially constructed and embedded. After giving examples of past behavioral prediction models, the author narrows his focus on two frameworks (self-esteem‘s sociometer and adult attachment style) with which one may integrate and understand the conditions that are associated with establishing and maintaining love satisfaction. The review culminates with a consideration of Alfred Adler‘s social interest in predicting love satisfaction. Social interest will be disassembled in terms of the following five construct-categories: age and gender, cooperation, altruism, well-being and stress, and self-actualization.

Samuel W. Root
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