The Investment Model of commitment

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The Investment Model of commitment

Post by Doug Fisher on Sun Mar 01, 2015 2:21 pm


In past articles, we’ve discussed the Investment Model of commitment. To summarize, commitment to a relationship is a function of three factors: your satisfaction to the relationship, the alternatives you have, and the investments that are tied to the relationship. Typically, we think about commitment as a good thing in relationships: committed partners are less likely to cheat, use more constructive ways of dealing with conflict in their relationships, are willing to do things to help their partners, and ultimately are less likely to break up.1

Unfortunately, commitment has a dark side as well. Some relationships should break up, especially those characterized by violence and physical and/or psychological abuse, and people who feel committed to such toxic relationships might stay even when it’s not in their best interests.

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Re: The Investment Model of commitment

Post by Zero Point on Sun Mar 01, 2015 2:30 pm

Yeah, I can think of whole forums that suffer from battered wife syndrome.
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