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Broadly, I am interested in how we behave in, think about, and perceive close relationships, but my current research focuses on identity and close relationships. Our close others tend to have an impact on our identity, namely through an overlap of self and other. I am interested in something a bit different — a specific type of overlap called an interdependent identity. It is not simply whether the self and other overlap but rather why there is an overlap with a specific focus on the function close relationships serve to the sense of self. I am exploring this topic through both an individualistic approach (How and why do I relate to my close others? How does this affect my behavior, my emotions, and my feelings about my relationships?) and a dyadic approach (How does the combination of my interdependent identity and my partner’s influence dynamics of our relationship as a whole?).