Couples as coupled dynamic system: mutual need satisfaction and violation in romantic relationships from a computational clinical psychology perspective

Westermann, Stefan; Banisch, Sven (4 September 2017). Couples as coupled dynamic system: mutual need satisfaction and violation in romantic relationships from a computational clinical psychology perspective (Unpublished). In: 15th Swiss Psychological Society (SPS SGP SSP) conference - "Treasuring the diversity of psychology". Lausanne, Switzerland. 04.09.-05.09.2017.

Human beings mutually depend upon each other with respect to the satisfaction of interpersonal needs such as affiliation and control. This interdependence is particularly tight in romantic couples. Using a computational clinical psychology framework which models relationships as motivational equilibrium states in a need space, we investigate the impact of external stressful events on interpersonal couple dynamics. Specifically, we test the hypotheses that small increases in extradyadic stressors (e.g., higher workload) can be accompanied by abrupt, nonlinear, and qualitative changes in the shared experience and behavior of couples (bifurcation). In addition, we explore whether stable but oscillating relationship patterns are possible with psychologically plausible model parameters (e.g., a pursuer-distancer-cycle). Methodological limitations and psychotherapeutic implications are discussed.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Westermann, Stefan

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

Language:

English

Submitter:

Salome Irina Rahel Bötschi

Date Deposited:

23 Apr 2018 14:32

Last Modified:

23 Apr 2018 14:32

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/101696

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