Goals ↔ Relationships

Some of our research questions relevant to the links between goals and relationships: In what ways do relationship partners bring out the best versus the worst in us? How do our expectations of our relationship partners influence how happy we are in the relationship? How does our style of goal pursuit influence our relationships? Under what circumstances are we willing to make sacrifices to promote our partner’s goal success?

Finkel, E. J., & Fitzsimons, G. M., & vanDellen, M. R. (in press). Self-regulation as a transactive process: Reconceptualizing the unit of analysis for goal setting, pursuit, and outcomes. In K. D. Vohs, & R. F. Baumeister (Eds.), Handbook of self-regulation (3rd edition). New York: Guilford. [Download]

Laurin, K., Fitzsimons, G. M., Finkel, E. J., Carswell, K. L., vanDellen, M. R., Hofmann, W., Lambert, N. M., Eastwick, P. W., Fincham, F. D., & Brown, P. C. (in press). Power and the pursuit of a partner’s goals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. [Download]

Finkel, E. J., Cheung, E. O., Emery, L. F., Carswell, K. L., & Larson, G. M. (2015). The suffocation model: Why marriage in America is becoming an all-or-nothing institution. Current Directions in Psychological Science24, 238-244. DOI: 10.1177/0963721415569274 [Download]

Fitzsimons, G. M., & Finkel, E. J. (2015). Goal interdependence. Current Opinion in Psychology1, 10-13. [Download]

Fitzsimons, G. M., Finkel, E. J., & vanDellen, M. R. (2015). Transactive goal dynamics. Psychological Review122, 648-673. [Download]

Hofmann, W., Finkel, E. J., & Fitzsimons, G. M. (2015). Close relationships and self-regulation: How relationship satisfaction facilitates momentary goal pursuit. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 109, 434-452. [Download]

Arriaga, X. B., Kumashiro, M., Finkel. E. J., VanderDrift, L. E., & Luchies, L. B. (2014). Filling the void: Bolstering attachment security in committed relationships. Social Psychological and Personality Science5, 398-406. [Download]

Burnette, J. L., Davisson, E. K., Finkel, E. J., Van Tongeren, D. R., Hui, C. M., & Hoyle, R. H. (2014). Self-control and forgiveness: A meta-analytic review. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5, 443-450. [Download]

Finkel, E. J. (2014). The I3 Model: Metatheory, theory, and evidence. In J. M. Olson, & M. P. Zanna (Eds.), Advances in experimental social psychology49. San Diego: Academic Press. [Download]

Finkel, E. J., Hui, C. M., Carswell, K. L., & Larson, G. M. (2014). The suffocation of marriage: Climbing Mount Maslow without enough oxygen. Psychological Inquiry25, 1-41. [Download]

Finkel, E. J., Larson, G. M., Carswell, K. L., & Hui, C. M. (2014). Marriage at the summit: Response to the commentaries. Psychological Inquiry25, 120-145. [Download]

Hui, C. M., Finkel, E. J., Fitzsimons, G. M., Kumashiro, M., & Hofmann, W. (2014). The Manhattan effect: When relationship commitment fails to promote support for partner interests. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106, 546-570. [Download]

Bohns, V. K., Lucas G. M., Molden D. C., Finkel E. J., Coolsen, M. K., Kumashiro M., Rusbult C. E., & Higgins E. T. (2013). Opposites fit: Regulatory focus complementarity and relationship well-being. Social Cognition31, 1-14. [Download]

Burnette, J. L., O’Boyle, E., VanEpps, E. M., Pollack, J. M., & Finkel, E. J. (2013). Mindsets matter: A meta-analytic review of the effects of implicit theories on self-regulation. Psychological Bulletin139, 655-701. [Download]

Finkel, E. J., & Eckhardt, C. I. (2013). Intimate partner violence. In J. A. Simpson & L. Campbell (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of close relationships (pp. 452-474). Oxford: New York. [Download]

Hui, C. M., Molden, D. C., & Finkel, E. J. (2013). Loving freedom: Concerns with promotion or prevention and the role of autonomy in relationship well-being. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology105, 61-85. [Download]

Burnette, J. B., & Finkel, E. J. (2012). Buffering against weight gain following dieting setbacks: An implicit theory intervention. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology48, 721-725. [Download]

Denson, T. F., DeWall, C. N., & Finkel, E. J. (2012). Self-control and aggression. Current Directions in Psychological Science21, 20-25. [Download]

Finkel, E. J., DeWall, C. N., Slotter, E. B., McNulty, J. K., Pond, R. S., Jr., & Atkins, D. C. (2012). Using I3 theory to clarify when dispositional aggressiveness predicts intimate partner violence perpetration. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology102, 533-549. [Download]

Fitzsimons, G. M., & Finkel, E. J. (2012). Outsourcing effort to close others. In L. Campbell, J. G. La Guardia, J. M. Olson, & M. P. Zanna (Eds.), The science of the couple: The Ontario symposium (Vol. 12, pp. 41-57). New York: Psychology Press. [Download]

Slotter, E. B., Finkel, E. J., DeWall, C. N., Lambert, N. M., Pond, R. S., Bodenhausen, G. V., & Fincham, F. D. (2012). Putting the brakes on aggression toward a romantic partner: The inhibitory influence of relationship commitment. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology102, 291-305. [Download]

Stanton, S. E., & Finkel, E. J. (2012). Too tired to take offense: When depletion promotes forgiveness. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology48, 587-590. [Download]

DeWall, C. N., Finkel, E. J., & Denson, T. F. (2011). Self-control inhibits aggression. Social & Personality Psychology Compass, 458-472. [Download]

Fitzsimons, G. M., & Finkel, E. J. (2011-b). Outsourcing self-regulatory effort to significant others. Psychological Science22, 369-375. [Download]

Finkel, E. J., & Fitzsimons, G. M. (2011). The effects of social relationships on self-regulation. In K. D. Vohs, & R. F. Baumeister (Eds.), Handbook of self-regulation: Research, theory, and applications (2nd ed., pp 390-406). New York: Guilford Press. [Download]

Fitzsimons, G. M., & Finkel, E. J. (2011-a). The effects of self-regulation on social relationships. In K. D. Vohs, & R. F. Baumeister (Eds.), Handbook of self-regulation: Research, theory, and applications (2nd ed., pp. 407-421). New York: Guilford Press. [Download]

Johnson, S. E., Richeson, J. A., & Finkel, E. J. (2011). Middle class and marginal? The influence of socioeconomic status on the self-regulatory resources of students at an elite university. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology100, 838-852. [Download]

Luchies, L. B., Finkel, E. J., & Fitzsimons, G. M. (2011). The effects of self-regulatory strength, content, and strategies on close relationships. Journal of Personality79, 1251–1279. [Download]

Slotter, E. B., & Finkel, E. J. (2011). I3 Theory: Instigating, impelling, and inhibiting factors in aggression. In M. Mikulincer, & P. R. Shaver (Eds.), Human aggression and violence: Causes, manifestations, and consequences (pp. 35-52). Washington: American Psychological Association. [Download]

Dalton, A. N., Chartrand, T. L., & Finkel, E. J. (2010). The schema-driven chameleon: How mimicry affects executive and self-regulatory resources. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. [Download]

Fitzsimons, G. M., & Finkel, E. J. (2010). Interpersonal influences on self-regulation. Current Directions in Psychological Science. [Download]

Molden, D. M., & Finkel, E. J. (2010). Motivations for promotion and prevention and the role of trust and commitment in interpersonal forgiveness. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology46, 255-268. [Download]

Finkel, E. J., DeWall, C. N., Slotter, E. B., Oaten, M., & Foshee, V. A. (2009). Self-regulatory failure and intimate partner violence perpetration. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97, 483-499. [Download]

Finkel, E. J., Molden, D. C., Johnson, S. E., & Eastwick, P. W. (2009). Regulatory focus and romantic alternatives. In J. P. Forgas, R. F. Baumeister, and D. M. Tice (Eds.), Self-regulation: Cognitive, affective, and motivational processes (pp. 319-335). New York: Psychology Press. [Download]

Molden, D. C., Lucas, G. M., Finkel, E. J., Kumashiro, M., & Rusbult, C. E. (2009). Perceived support for promotion-focused and prevention-focused goals: Associations with well-being in unmarried and married couples. Psychological Science20, 787-793. [Download]

Rusbult, C. E., Finkel, E. J., & Kumashiro, M. (2009). The Michelangelo phenomenon. Current Directions in Psychological Science18, 305-309. [Download]

Rusbult, C. E., Kumashiro, M., Kubacka, K. E., & Finkel, E. J. (2009). “The part of me that you bring out”: Ideal similarity and the Michelangelo phenomenon. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology96, 61-82. [Download]

Slotter, E. B., & Finkel, E. J. (2009). The strange case of sustained dedication to an unfulfilling relationship: Predicting commitment and breakup from attachment anxiety and need fulfillment within relationships. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin39, 85-100. [Download]

Finkel, E. J. (2008). Intimate partner violence perpetration: Insights from the science of self-regulation. In J. P. Forgas, & J. Fitness (Eds.), Social relationships: Cognitive, affective, and motivational processes (pp. 271-288). New York: Psychology Press. [Download]

Finkel, E. J., & Rusbult, C. E. (2008). Prorelationship motivation: An interdependence theory analysis of situations with conflicting interests. In J. Y. Shah, & W. L. Gardner (Eds.), Handbook of motivation science (pp. 547-560). New York: Guilford. [Download]

Impett, E. A., Strachman, A., Finkel, E. J., & Gable, S. L. (2008). Maintaining Sexual Desire in Intimate Relationships: The Importance of Approach Goals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology94, 808-823. [Download]

Kumashiro, M., Rusbult, C. E., & Finkel, E. J. (2008). Navigating personal and relational concerns: The quest for equilibrium. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology95, 94-110. [Download]

Finkel, E. J. (2007). Impelling and inhibiting forces in the perpetration of intimate partner violence. Review of General Psychology, 11, 193-207. [Download]

Finkel, E. J., Campbell, W. K., & Brunell, A. B. (2006). High-maintenance interaction and self-regulation. In K. D. Vohs, & E. J. Finkel (Eds.), Self and relationships: Connecting intrapersonal and interpersonal processes (pp. 297-316). New York: Guilford. [Download]

Finkel, E. J., Campbell, W. K., Brunell, A. B., Dalton, A. N., Chartrand, T. L., & Scarbeck, S. J. (2006). High-maintenance interaction: Inefficient social coordination impairs self-regulation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 91, 456-475. [Download]

Vohs, K. D., & Finkel, E. J. (2006). Self and Relationships: Connecting Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Processes. New York: Guilford Press. [Amazon.com] [Guilford Press]

Neiss, M. B., Stevenson, J., Sedikides, C., Kumashiro, M., Finkel, E. J., & Rusbult, C. E. (2005). Executive self, self-esteem, and negative affectivity: Relations at the phenotypic and genotypic level. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology89, 593-606. [Download]

Rusbult, C. E., Kumashiro, M., Stocker, S. L., Kirchner, J. L., Finkel, E. J., & Coolsen, M. K. (2005). Self processes in interdependent relationships: Partner affirmation and the Michelangelo phenomenon. Interaction Studies6, 375-391. [Download]

Flora, D. B., Finkel, E. J., & Foshee, V. A. (2003). Higher order factor structure of a self-control test: Evidence from a confirmatory factor analysis with polychoric correlations. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 63, 112-127. [Download]

Finkel, E. J., & Campbell, W. K. (2001). Self-control and accommodation in close relationships: An interdependence analysis. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 81, 263-277. [Download]