Transactive goal dynamics.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Transactive goal dynamics (TGD) theory conceptualizes 2 or more interdependent people as 1 single self-regulating system. Six tenets describe the nature of goal interdependence, predict its emergence, predict when it will lead to positive goal outcomes during and after the relationship, and predict the consequences for the relationship. Both partners in a TGD system possess and pursue self-oriented, partner-oriented, and system-oriented goals, and all of these goals and pursuits are interdependent. TGD theory states that relationship partners' goals, pursuit, and outcomes affect each other in a dense network of goal interdependence, ultimately becoming so tightly linked that the 2 partners are most accurately conceptualized as components within a single self-regulating system.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Fitzsimons, GM; Finkel, EJ; vanDellen, MR

Published Date

  • October 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 122 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 648 - 673

PubMed ID

  • 26437147

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1939-1471

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0033-295X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/a0039654


  • eng