Sentiment override is a construct introduced by Robert Weiss and developed further by John Gottman. Sentiment override refers to how individuals interpret messages from their romantic partners, and individuals can either exhibit positive or negative sentiment override. The construct was developed through studies where researchers observed and coded couples’ interactions, and has been examined for how it contributes to a variety of couple relationships. Sentiment override is an important construct for understanding couples’ interactions. It develops out of nonconflict interactions, and can influence couples’ abilities to regulate and repair conflict in their relationships. This entry defines negative and positive sentiment override and explores them further through examples. It also includes a discussion of how sentiment override relates to other elements in couple relationships.

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