How is self-sabotage presented in romantic relationships?

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Peel, Raquel, McBain, Kerry, Caltabiano, Nerina and Buckby, Beryl. 2017. "How is self-sabotage presented in romantic relationships?" 16th Australian Psychological Society Psychology of Relationships Interest Group National Conference (APS-PORIG). Melbourne, Australia 16 - 17 Nov 2017 Australia.
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How is self-sabotage presented in romantic relationships?

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AuthorsPeel, Raquel (Author), McBain, Kerry (Author), Caltabiano, Nerina (Author) and Buckby, Beryl (Author)
Year2017
Place of PublicationAustralia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttps://melbourneeft.com/event/the-16th-australian-psychological-society-psychology-of-relationships-interest-group-aps-porig-national-conference/
Conference/Event16th Australian Psychological Society Psychology of Relationships Interest Group National Conference (APS-PORIG)
Event Details
16th Australian Psychological Society Psychology of Relationships Interest Group National Conference (APS-PORIG)
Event Date
16 to end of 17 Nov 2017
Event Location
Melbourne, Australia
Abstract

The aim of this paper is to present an integrated review exploring the theme of self-sabotage in romantic relationships. Self-sabotage or self-handicapping is a cognitive strategy employed by individuals as self-protection; primarily aimed at preserving self-esteem and self-image. When faced with failure, the individual can justify the outcome as due to the handicap itself (i.e., an external cause), whereas, if faced with success, the individual can emphasise their ability to withstand the barriers of handicap (i.e., an internal cause). The hypothesis is that the self-handicapper creates obstacles which impede success or withdrawal effort to maintain self-esteem and competent public and private self-image. Most of the research undertaken regarding the practice of self-handicapping has been conducted in the context of education, work, and sporting activities. However, in other contexts this phenomenon is less explored and loosely defined. With regards to romantic relationships, there is a distinct lack of knowledge to explain why some people, having successfully initiated a relationship, embark upon what appears to be a path to certain dissolution of that engagement. Studies will need to be conducted to provide evidence for this phenomenon and directions for practical approaches in relationship counselling.

Keywordsromantic relationships, self-sabotage, self-handicapping, attachment
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520599. Social and personality psychology not elsewhere classified
520399. Clinical and health psychology not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsJames Cook University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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