Chapter 1 - Introduction: What Do We Want to know about...

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Introduction: What Do We Want to know about Intimate Relationships 1) What is an Intimate Relationship? a) Interdependence as the Cornerstone for Relationships i) Interdependence : the mutual influence that two people have over one another is the defining feature of any relationship, intimate or otherwise. (1) The key aspect of interdependence is that it exists between two partners in a relationship. (2) Interdependence is a necessary condition for intimacy… but it is not a sufficient condition for intimacy. ii) For two people to be in a relationship the interdependence that connects them has to operate in both directions—that is, it must be bidirectional . b) From Impersonal Relationships to Personal Relationships i) Intimate relationships occur when two people who treat one another as unique individuals rather than as interchangeable occupants of particular social roles or positions.
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Chapter 1 - Introduction: What Do We Want to know about...

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