Ursidae: The Undergraduate Research Journal at the University of Northern Colorado

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Elizabeth Pascoe


Fluctuations of state self-esteem, in-the-moment self-esteem, may influence our perceptions romantic relationships in either a positive or negative light. This research, using a subliminal priming task, aimed to test whether manipulation of state self-esteem would cause a significant difference in either relationship satisfaction or, if single, relationship perception. We expected individuals that had their self-esteem positively primed would have higher relationship satisfaction or relationship perception. We also expected a similar relationship for those who had their self-esteem negatively influenced. Some strong correlations were found between self-esteem and relationship satisfaction that leave implications for further research on this topic.