Organization of partner knowledge, its effect on passion, and the mediating effect of idealization

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Abstract

This study examined the cognitive and attitudinal predictors of passion in individuals (N = 82) involved in a dating relationship. The study found that how people cognitively organize the content of partner knowledge (integrated vs. compartmentalized) in the context of the content (positive vs. negative) of the partner knowledge predicted how likely they were to idealize their dating partner and relationship and how passionate they felt about their dating partner. Idealization was also found to mediate the relationship between individuals' cognitive organization of their partner knowledge and their passion for their partner.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-46
Number of pages14
JournalNorth American Journal of Psychology
Volume8
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2006

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