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Psychology Seminar: Kenneth Tan (Singapore Management University)

Understanding discrimination against singlehood has become a pivotal goal in recent research, but the effects of such discrimination on subsequent relationship receptivity has not been well explored. The current research explores this issue from a social identity threat perspective, trying to understand whether stigmatizing singlehood results in greater tendency to form romantic relationships. Results show that exposure to singlehood stigma simultaneously increases motivation to avoid being single, but decreases the capacity or control to do so. This suggests that discrimination against singlehood to combat against being single may have paradoxical and undesired effects.