Abstract and Keywords
The first half of this chapter provides a comprehensive review of research on the role of personality in the functioning of romantic relationships. With the exception of neuroticism and narcissism, which consistently demonstrate negative associations with desirable relationship processes and outcomes, and men's agreeableness, which consistently demonstrates positive associations with such processes and outcomes, own personality, partner personality, and the similarity of couple members' personalities all demonstrate relatively inconsistent associations with relationship processes and outcomes. Given that such inconsistencies likely emerge because of the situation-specific nature of personality, the second section recommends several avenues for future research that take that nature into account, such as examining Trait X Situation interactions, Trait X Trait interactions, and Trait X Partner Trait interactions, and by using more relationship-specific measurements of personality.
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