Emotional Dynamics in Intimate Relationships

Dominik Schoebi, Ashley Randall

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Forming intimate relationships is a fundamental human motive. Emotions play a critical role in intimate relationships - they are central to the development and maintenance of these bonds, and these very bonds can influence both individual and interpersonal emotional dynamics across time. Investigating emotional dynamics in an interpersonal context provides unique insight into the functioning of intimate relationships and, at the same time, provides a window into the interdependence of partners daily experiences. Reviewing a selection of the literature involving emotional dynamics in intimate relationships, we explore how intimate relationships shape partners emotional experiences and the implications this may have for their relationship across time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)342-348
Number of pages7
JournalEmotion Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015


  • affect change
  • emotional coregulation
  • emotional dynamics
  • emotional transmission
  • intimate relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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