Demand behavior and empathic accuracy in observed conflict interactions in couples

Céline Hinnekens, William Ickes, Maarten De Schryver, Lesley L. Verhofstadt
2015 Journal of Social Psychology  
Note: This is an uncorrected version of an author's manuscript accepted for publication. Abstract The study reported in this research note sought to extend the research on motivated empathic accuracy by exploring whether intimate partners who are highly motivated to induce change in their partner during conflicts will be more empathically accurate than partners who are less motivated. In a laboratory experiment, the partners' within 26 cohabiting couples were randomly assigned the role of
more » ... d the role of conflict initiator. The partners provided questionnaire data, participated in a videotaped conflict interaction, and completed a video-review task. More blaming behavior was associated with higher levels of empathic accuracy, irrespective of whether one was the conflict initiator or not. The results also showed a two-way interaction indicating that initiators who applied more pressure on their partners to change were less empathically accurate than initiators who applied less pressure, whereas their partners could counter this pressure when they could accurately "read" the initiator's thoughts and feelings.
doi:10.1080/00224545.2015.1115386 pmid:26566196 fatcat:35nwlkngvbh4hlrcnxz4bh4mqu