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Introduction to Relationships
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Why Intimate Relationships? Humans are a social species Various types of intimate relationships Friendship Family Colleagues Intimate partners
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The Nature of Intimacy Intimacy relationships differ from casual associations in the following ways: Knowledge Caring Interdependence Mutuality Trust Commitment
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Intimacy Can exist if one or more of the previously mentioned components is missing. The most satisfying and meaningful relationships are those in which all 6 components are present. Intimacy exists on a continuum. No one type of intimacy or intimate relationship.
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Need to Belong All human beings have a “need to belong”. Quality not Quantity Can influence health and well-being Evolved adaptive behavior
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Culture and Relationships Culture often tells us what is “acceptable” in relationships.
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Unformatted text preview: – In the U.S • Marriage • Cohabitation • Children Culture and Relationships • Cultural standards provide the foundation for our relationships – Expectations – Normality • Culture as a source of change Sources of Change • Socioeconomic development • Individualism • Technology • Sex ratio Influences on Experiences • Early childhood experiences have influence on our romantic relationships later in life. • Attachment styles Individual Experiences • Sex Differences • Gender Differences • Personality • Self-Esteem Influences on Human Nature • Evolutionary theory – Natural Selection – Causes of behavior – Parental Investment Theory – Courtship strategies Influences on Human Nature • Socialization – Modeling – Scripts • Nature vs. Nurture or Both???...
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