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Actual and perceived emotional similarity in couples' daily lives

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We used two experience sampling studies to examine whether close romantic partners' feelings of love and perceived partner responsiveness are better predicted by their actual emotional similarity or by their perceived emotional similarity. Study 1 revealed that the more partners were emotionally similar, the more they perceived their partner as responsive. This effect was mediated by perceived similarity, indicating that emotional similarity had to be detected in order to exert an effect. Further, when people overperceived their emotional similarities, they also reported more perceived partner responsiveness. Study 2 replicated these findings, by revealing similar effects for actual and perceived similarity on the love people reported to feel toward their partner. Implications for understanding the factors that predict feelings of love and responsiveness in close relationships are discussed.
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RELATIONSHIP SATISFACTION, BETWEEN-PERSON, WITHIN-PERSON, ATTRACTION, PROJECTION, ACCURACY, RESPONSIVENESS, CONVERGENCE, PARTNER, POWER, emotional similarity, perceived emotional similarity, closeness, perceived responsiveness, romantic relationships, close relationships, emotion

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Sels, Laura, et al. “Actual and Perceived Emotional Similarity in Couples’ Daily Lives.” SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PERSONALITY SCIENCE, vol. 11, no. 2, 2020, pp. 266–75, doi:10.1177/1948550619845927.
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Sels, L., Ruan, Y., Kuppens, P., Ceulemans, E., & Reis, H. (2020). Actual and perceived emotional similarity in couples’ daily lives. SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PERSONALITY SCIENCE, 11(2), 266–275. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550619845927
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Sels, Laura, Yan Ruan, Peter Kuppens, Eva Ceulemans, and Harry Reis. 2020. “Actual and Perceived Emotional Similarity in Couples’ Daily Lives.” SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PERSONALITY SCIENCE 11 (2): 266–75. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550619845927.
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Sels, Laura, Yan Ruan, Peter Kuppens, Eva Ceulemans, and Harry Reis. 2020. “Actual and Perceived Emotional Similarity in Couples’ Daily Lives.” SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PERSONALITY SCIENCE 11 (2): 266–275. doi:10.1177/1948550619845927.
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Sels L, Ruan Y, Kuppens P, Ceulemans E, Reis H. Actual and perceived emotional similarity in couples’ daily lives. SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PERSONALITY SCIENCE. 2020;11(2):266–75.
IEEE
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L. Sels, Y. Ruan, P. Kuppens, E. Ceulemans, and H. Reis, “Actual and perceived emotional similarity in couples’ daily lives,” SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PERSONALITY SCIENCE, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 266–275, 2020.
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  author       = {{Sels, Laura and Ruan, Yan and Kuppens, Peter and Ceulemans, Eva and Reis, Harry}},
  issn         = {{1948-5506}},
  journal      = {{SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PERSONALITY SCIENCE}},
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  language     = {{eng}},
  number       = {{2}},
  pages        = {{266--275}},
  title        = {{Actual and perceived emotional similarity in couples' daily lives}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1948550619845927}},
  volume       = {{11}},
  year         = {{2020}},
}

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