Areas of Expertise (3)
Romantic relationships and the manner in which they influence individuals’ sense of self is Dr. Slotter’s specialty. She is an expert on how one romantic partner can integrate the characteristics of the other into their own self-concept. Dr. Slotter can explore other relationship paradoxes like how a romantic partner can simultaneously develop aggression and attachment anxiety toward a loved one. She can also speak to the self-identity confusion that sometimes ensues after a relationship ends.
Northwestern University: PhD
Northwestern University: MA
New College of Florida: BA
Select Media Appearances (6)
What to Know Before Getting Back Together With an Ex
New York Magazine
As I told this story to literally everyone I met, I learned that it’s common for people to rekindle relationships after years apart. And often, those relationships are at a unique advantage. “You already know that you’re attracted to this person,” explains Erica Slotter, an assistant professor of psychology at Villanova University, “and are aware of their strengths and weaknesses in relationships, as well as the strengths and weaknesses they bring out in you.”
Why You Reach Out To Your Ex After A Breakup, And What It Means
Elite Daily online
In “Who Am I Without You? The Influence of Romantic Breakup on the Self-Concept,” authors Erica B. Slotter, Wendi L. Gardner and Eli J. Finkel conclude that “romantic relationships alter the selves of the individuals within them.” “Partners develop shared friends and activities and even overlapping self-concepts. This intertwining of selves may leave individuals' self-concepts vulnerable to change if the relationship ends.”
How Your Personality Shifts When You Start Dating Someone
Much has been written about Donald Trump's enthusiasm for Twitter, a category of analysis now basically its own genre. Mostly we focus on what his tweets tell us about his impulse control, or what they tell us about his disregard for the truth, or what they tell us about actual developments in national security. Most recently, though, people are wondering what they tell us about his marriage. ... Erica Slotter, an assistant professor at Villanova University's Department of Psychology (also unaffiliated with the algorithm) who studies the factors of romantic relationships that make our self-concepts malleable, is currently running a new lab study that may shed more light on this. "It's not just what you say, it's how you're saying it," Slotter says. "We modify our vocal patterns to be closer to [those of] our desired partner. We try to make ourselves similar to them."
Get Over a Breakup With "Redemptive Narrative" Journaling
There are a lot of great reasons to keep a journal, and getting over a breakup might be one of them. The key is using your words to reframe your suffering into a positive, or at least meaningful, experience. ... A recent study, conducted by Erica B. Slotter and Deborah E. Ward at Villanova University, and published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, suggests that writing about your experience in a certain way can lessen the emotional toll that breakups take.
What Does ‘Closure’ Even Mean, Anyway?
Science of Us
A separate set of studies led by Erica B. Slotter of Northwestern University came to a similar conclusion: After a breakup, she and her colleagues found, people understood themselves less clearly and even said that they felt smaller psychologically — and this reduced “self-concept clarity” was associated with greater post-breakup emotional distress.
Listening to Jealousy
Katie didn’t see herself as the jealous type. Why should she be? The New York City writer was smart and attractive, and she was dating Sandy, a man 23 years her senior. “He saw me as this young pretty thing,” she says. “I felt very confident in our roles.” ... “Envy is ‘I want what you have.’ Jealousy is ‘I have something that I think you want, that I think you’re coming after,’” says Erica Slotter, a professor of psychology at Villanova University.
Select Academic Articles (5)
All role transitions are not experienced equally: Associations among self-change, emotional reactions, and self-concept claritySelf and Identity
Erica B. Slotter and Courtney M. Walsh
An Unclear Self Leads to Poor Mental Health: Self-Concept Confusion Mediates the Association of Loneliness with DepressionJournal of Social and Clinical Psychology
Stephanie B. Richman, Richard S. Pond, Jr., C. Nathan Dewall, Madoka Kumashiro, Erica B. Slotter, and Laura B. Luchies
Reaching out by changing what's within: Social exclusion increases self-concept malleabilityJournal of Experimental Social Psychology
Stephanie B. Richman, Erica B.Slotter, Wendi L.Gardner, C. Nathan DeWall
Remind Me Who I Am: Social Interaction Strategies for Maintaining the Threatened Self-ConceptPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Erica B. Slotter, Wendi L. Gardner
Knowing Who You Are and Adding to It: Reduced Self-Concept Clarity Predicts Reduced Self-ExpansionSocial Psychological and Personality Science
Lydia F. Emery, Courtney Walsh, Erica B. Slotter