Sacrifices: costly prosocial behaviors in romantic relationships

Righetti, Francesca, Visserman, Mariko L and Impett, Emily A (2022) Sacrifices: costly prosocial behaviors in romantic relationships. Current Opinion in Psychology, 44. pp. 74-79. ISSN 2352-250X

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Although previous research has found that prosocial behavior increases personal and relationship well-being, a particularly costly type of prosocial behavior — sacrifice — can sometimes have aversive effects and is the focus of the current review. We consider effects for both the individual who enacts the sacrifice and the recipient. Sacrifice, can take a toll on the giver's well-being, is a mixed blessing for the recipient (when they perceive the sacrifice), and may have some harmful consequences for relationships in the long-run. We discuss the importance of finding the right strategies (e.g. alternative solutions, comparison of costs and rewards between partners, reappraisals) to navigate these complex interpersonal situations in which partners' goals and preferences conflict.

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Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
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Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2022 15:43
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2023 12:00

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