I gave too much: low self-esteem and the regret of sacrifices

Righetti, Francesca and Visserman, Mariko (2018) I gave too much: low self-esteem and the regret of sacrifices. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 9 (4). pp. 453-460. ISSN 1948-5506

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Low self-esteem is often related to interpersonal difficulties. In fact, low self-esteem people fear rejection and tend to adopt self-protection goals. In the present work, we tested the idea that when low self-esteem individuals decide to sacrifice personal preferences for their relationship, they come to regret those actions, with further consequences for their well-being. We conducted a study with 130 couples, using experience sampling, daily diary, and a 1-year follow-up assessment. Results showed that low self-esteem is related to greater regret of past sacrifices, which, in turn, affects negative mood, stress, and life satisfaction. Furthermore, mediation analyses revealed that low self-esteem individuals feel less supported by the partner after they sacrifice, which helps explaining why they come to regret their sacrifices.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Mind and Body, Behavioral and Social Science, Mental health
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
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Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2023 13:37
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2023 13:37
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/109713
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