A window to the true self: The importance of I-sharing in romantic relationships Academic Article uri icon


  • © The Author(s) 2018. This article examines the importance of I-sharing within romantic relationships. Results from four independent samples indicate that perceived frequency of I-sharing with one’s romantic partner predicts relationship satisfaction and that this relationship is potentially mediated by perceptions that one’s partner knows one’s true self. These results fit with theories about increasing expectations on modern relationships to fulfill self-expression needs.

altmetric score

  • 4.8

author list (cited authors)

  • Rivera, G. N., Smith, C. M., & Schlegel, R. J.

citation count

  • 3

publication date

  • April 2018