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Expectation States Theory, Applied to Relationships

  • By: Laura K. Guerrero
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

In his book The Power of Positive Thinking, Norman Vincent Peale famously noted, “If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself in a condition conducive to your goal.” As this quotation suggests, expectations ...

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