Asymmetry in self-other agreement on attachment style among romantic partners

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This research reports about asymmetrical relations in self-other ratings of attachment style. Specifically, results showed that romantic partners hold relatively accurate perceptions of each other's attachment styles with one exception: women's ability to judge their male partner's level of attachment-related anxiety was compromised compared with the other agreement indices measured. The effect was not moderated by acquaintanceship length or relationship satisfaction, but it was affected by men's interpersonally oriented self-control. The findings appear to reflect men's reluctance from appearing anxious to their female partners and from the nature of the anxiety dimension of attachment. Anxiety (as compared with avoidance) has a less consistent interpersonal behavioral manifestation and thus is more concealable among those motivated and capable of doing so.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-226
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2012

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by the Israel Science Foundation (Grant No. 70/11). I thank Shiri Lavy for her helpful advices.


  • Attachment
  • Gender roles
  • Interpersonally oriented self-control
  • Romantic partners
  • Self-control
  • Self-other agreement


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