Human Motivation and Interpersonal Relationships

Theory, Research, and Applications

  • Netta Weinstein

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Introduction to the Study of Motivation in Relationships

  3. Mechanisms and Outcomes of Motivation: The ‘Dark Side’ and ‘Bright Side’ of Relationships

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Christopher P. Niemiec, Bart Soenens, Maarten Vansteenkiste
      Pages 77-96
    3. Jen-Ho Chang, Holley S. Hodgins, Yi-Cheng Lin, Chin-Lan Huang
      Pages 97-119
    4. Martin F. Lynch
      Pages 121-137
    5. C. Raymond Knee, Ben Porter, Lindsey M. Rodriguez
      Pages 139-158
  4. Applications of Motivation Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Avi Assor, Yaniv Kanat-Maymon, Guy Roth
      Pages 215-237
    3. Martyn Standage, Lydia G. Emm
      Pages 239-262
    4. Véronique Dagenais-Desmarais, Jacques Forest, Sarah Girouard, Laurence Crevier-Braud
      Pages 263-297
    5. Jennifer G. La Guardia, Heather Patrick
      Pages 299-315
    6. Martin F. Lynch
      Pages 317-333

About this book


This volume summarizes and organizes a growing body of research supporting the role of motivation in adaptive and rewarding interpersonal interactions with others. The field of human motivation is rapidly growing, but most studies have focused on the effects of motivation on individuals' personal happiness and task engagement. Only recently have theorists and empiricists begun to recognize that dispositional and state motivations impact the ways individuals approach interpersonal interactions. In addition, researchers are now recognizing that the quality of interpersonal interactions influences consequent happiness and task engagement, thus helping to explain previous findings to this end. Similarly, social psychology and relationships researchers have focused on the impact of cognitions, emotions, and behaviors on people's relationships. In their work, relationships researchers demonstrate that both contextual characteristics and individual differences influence the quality of interactions. Many of these studies seek to understand which characteristics strengthen the bonds between people, encourage empathy and trust, and create a sense of well-being after a close interaction. This work seeks to integrate the field of human motivation and interpersonal relationships. Both fields have seen extensive growth in the past decade and each can contribute to the other. However, no single compiled work is available that targets both fields. This is the case, in part, because only now is there enough work to make a strong and compelling case for their integration. In the previous years, research has been conducted to show that motivation is relevant and important for interactions among strangers and in close relationships. In addition, developmental mechanisms for these relations are identified, and mechanisms by which motivation strengthens people's relationships. Finally, recent work has demonstrated the many implications for interpersonal relationships, showing that motivation impacts a range of interpersonal processes from prejudice regulation and objectification of others to empathy and care. This book seeks to summarize and organize all these findings and present them in a way that is relevant to both motivation researchers and social and relationship researchers.


Autonomy and Emotions Developmental and Social Psychology Different Types of Social Experiences Happiness and Human Motivation Health Practitioner Relationship Integration of Self-Determination Theory Interpersonal Interactions Parental Conditional Regard Psychological Autonomy across Cultures Psychological Health at Work Relationship Motivation Theory Relationships and Human Motivation Relationships within Physical Activity Self-determination Theory Social Environment on Health Behavior Change The Self-Concept in Relationships

Editors and affiliations

  • Netta Weinstein
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of EssexColchesterUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-8541-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-8542-6
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