Predictors of Relationship Satisfaction: What's Perfection got to do with it?
Nicholas Phillips, Rachel Carpenter, Erin Mangan, and Lawrence Burns

This paper combines two related studies. First, we evaluated general interpersonal issues and perfectionism. Second, we expanded on the first study and Mitchelson and Burns' (1998) findings concerning the consequences of these interpersonal variables and perfectionism upon relationship satisfaction. Results indicated a tendency among positive perfectionists to believe in their ability to succeed and enjoy the intellectual challenge of healthy disagreement. Negative perfectionists reported significant avoidance, need for approval, self-silencing behaviors, and self-monitoring. Furthermore, negative perfectionism, the self-silencing construct, and self-monitoring proved important predictors of decreased relationship satisfaction. Significant differences by gender were observed.

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