Self and Self-Expansion in Relationships
This chapter explores a way of looking at the role of the self in cognition and motivation in close relationships. The chapter has two main sections. In the first, we consider two hypotheses about self-relevant information processing in a close relationship. A major thread of social cognition research has concemed differences between cognitive processes relevant to self versus cognitive processes relevant to others. However, in most such studies "other" is a stranger or simply undefined. In this context, the first section of this chapter considers the following two hypotheses:
Hypothesis 1. Cognition about self versus other is on a continuum from self through close others to nonelose others.