Relationships and the Self: Egosystems or Ecosystems
Monday, October 05, 2015
Ohio Eminent Scholar in Social Psychology
The Ohio State University
Researchers often assume that in their close relationships, as in the rest of their lives, people are fundamentally self-centered and self-serving. Although this view surely describes many relationships at least some of the time, I will argue that it is at best incomplete and at worst wildly misleading as a depiction of the self in relationships. I will present evidence from longitudinal studies of romantic relationships that illustrate how relationships work in the egosystem and in the ecosystem.