Examined whether perceivers can determine which potential romantic
partners can best confirm their own self-views. In a sample primarily
comprising unmarried young adults, participants sought feedback that
was congruent with a potential partner's model of other.
people generally sought positive feedback from partner whose apparent model of
others was positive (i.e., partners with secure or preoccupied attachment
However, men who held positive self-views were not meta-accurate;
when seeking feedback, these men were insensitive to the partner's model
other. Women, in contrast, showed better meta-accuracy when feedback-
seeking. Differential socialization patterns are posited to underlie
this gender difference.
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