Arthur Aron

Arthur Aron (born July 2, 1945) is a professor of psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is best known for his work on intimacy in interpersonal relationships, and development of the self-expansion model of motivation in close relationships.

Arthur Aron
Born (1945-07-02) July 2, 1945 (age 74)
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationBA, MA (University of California at Berkeley),
PhD (University of Toronto)
Alma materUniversity of California at Berkeley,
University of Toronto
Known forSelf-expansion model of motivation in interpersonal relationships
Spouse(s)Elaine Aron
Scientific career
FieldsPsychology of interpersonal relationships,
social psychology
InstitutionsState University of New York at Stony Brook
Doctoral advisorA. J. Arrowood

Early life and educationEdit

Arthur Aron received a bachelor's degree in psychology and philosophy in 1967 and a master's degree in social psychology in 1968, both from the University of California at Berkeley. He earned a PhD in social psychology from the University of Toronto in 1970.[citation needed]


Aron's work focuses on the role, creation, and maintenance of friendship and intimacy in interpersonal relationships. He developed the self-expansion model of close relationships; it posits that one of the motivations humans have for forming close relationships is self-expansion, i.e., "expansion of the self", or personal growth and development.

Personal lifeEdit

Aron is married to psychologist Elaine Aron.[1]


  • "Arthur Aron's CV". State University of New York at Stony Brook. May 31, 2011. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  • Sprecher, Susan (March 1988). "Love and the Expansion of Self: Understanding Attraction and Satisfaction by Arthur Aron; Elaine Aron". Contemporary Sociology. American Sociological Association. 17 (2): 268–269. doi:10.2307/2070652. JSTOR 2070652.
  • Catron, Mandy Len (January 9, 2015). "To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This". New York Times. New York City. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  • Jones, Daniel (January 9, 2015). "No. 37: Big Wedding or Small?". New York Times. New York City. Retrieved January 11, 2015.