Your love lifts me higher! The energizing quality of secure relationships


Luke, Michelle Anne, Sedikides, Constantine and Carnelley, Katherine B. (2012) Your love lifts me higher! The energizing quality of secure relationships Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, (6), pp. 721-733. (doi:10.1177/0146167211436117). (PMID:22378830).

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Three studies tested and confirmed the hypothesis that secure attachment relationships lead to feelings of security and energy, as well as willingness to explore. In Study 1, priming a secure attachment relationship increased felt energy. In Studies 2 and 3, felt energy mediated the effect of (primed) secure attachment relationships on willingness to explore. In Study 3, the effect of (primed) secure attachment relationships on felt energy and willingness to explore was independent of general positive affect. Secure attachments energize partners, thus enabling exploration.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1177/0146167211436117
ISSNs: 0146-1672 (print)
Keywords: relationships, attachment, security, energy, exploration
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Organisations: Southampton Business School
ePrint ID: 204753
Date :
Date Event
29 February 2012e-pub ahead of print
June 2012Published
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2011 15:37
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 01:07
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/204753

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