"Self monitoring is about how we try to present ourselves in a favourable light to others, to make people like us." Someone who scores as 'low' on self monitoring is extremely authentic when describing themselves in all circumstances, and those who score 'high' are more prone to so-called white lies.
Self-monitoring scores turned out to be a major factor in the likelihood of people changing their presentation to others across all dating indicators (topics such as previous relationships, likes, dislikes, appearance, etc).
" Partner uncertainty involves questions about a partner's relationship involvement, such as, "how certain am I about where my partner wants this to go?
Relational uncertainty is how sure individuals are about their perceptions of involvement in a relationship. Self uncertainty is the questions people have about their own relationship involvement, such as, "how certain am I about my view of this relationship?
Alternatively treating depression might help individuals achieve more relational certainty, leading to more satisfying relationships.
"People suffering from depressive symptoms may wrestle with more questions about their romantic relationship, which may be dissatisfying," says Knobloch.
The authors also discuss their findings in a new podcast series: Relationship Matters.
Jeffrey Hall of the University of Kansas is lead author of the paper on internet dating, which shows that people looking for romance online actually behave very much as they do in face to face dating and relationships.
Over three decades of research have shown that people with depression are less satisfied in their romantic relationships.