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On feeling understood and feeling well: The role of interdependence


Journal of Research in Personality


Organisational Behaviour

Authors / Editors

Lun J;Kesebir S;Oishi S


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The present research examined whether people feel happier and healthier when they feel more understood in daily social interactions. A two-week diary study showed that people reported greater life satisfaction and fewer physical symptoms on days in which they felt more understood by others. Moreover, we found that individuals who tend to see themselves in relations to others (i.e., women or those scored high on interdependent self-construal measure) showed a stronger association between daily felt understanding and daily life satisfaction or physical symptoms. These findings demonstrate that daily social experiences, such as felt understanding, are associated with daily well-being, particularly for individuals with greater interdependent self-construal.


Felt understanding; Well-being; Social interaction

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