1504-09-Relationships

1504-09-Relationships - Relationships The Need for...

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Relationships
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The Need for Relationships Extremely happy people (Diener & Seligman, 2002) Know thyself Lasagna principle revisited Extraversion and introversion (Little, 1993) Intimate relationships “There are few stronger predictors of happiness than a close, nurturing, equitable, intimate, lifelong companionship with one’s best friend.” David Myers
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State of Affairs Divorce rates Failure to sustain love Novelty produces heightened arousal (Mook, 1987)
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Who is the fairest of them all?
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Fiction Versus Reality Does true love (really) exist?
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Fiction Versus Reality Does true love (really) exist? “Perfect love is rare indeed—for to be a lover will require that you continually have the subtlety of the very wise, the flexibility of the child, the sensitivity of the artist, the understanding of the philosopher, the acceptance of the saint, the tolerance of the scholar and the fortitude of the certain.” Leo Buscaglia Perfect love does not exist… True love does exist…
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Reframing Questions: The Case of Relationships Traditional psychology “Why do so many long-term relationships fail?” Positive psychology “What makes some relationships thrive and grow stronger over time?”
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Learning from What Works
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“At first, when I figured out how to predict divorce, I thought I had found the key to saving marriages. .. But like so many experts before me, I was wrong. I was not able to crack the code to saving marriages until I started to analyze what went right in happy marriages.” John Gottman “Cellulite and sexual potential are highly correlated.” David Schnarch
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This note was uploaded on 05/20/2008 for the course PSY 1504 taught by Professor Ben-shahar during the Spring '08 term at Harvard.

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