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Appendix F Healthy Interpersonal Relationships Worksheet
Use your textbook to answer the following questions. You are not required to respond in essay format. You may use short-answer responses, including lists, to answer these questions. 1. What are the characteristics of intimate relationships? What are behavioral
interdependence, need fulfillment, emotional attachment, and emotional availability? Why is each important in relationship development? The characteristics of intimate relationships are: A. Behavioral interdependence • Refers to the mutual impact that people have on each other as their lives and daily activities intertwine. What one person does influences what the other person wants to do and can do. Behavioral interdependence may become stronger over time to the point that each person would feel a great void if the other were gone. B. Need fulfillment • Intimate relationships also fulfill psychological needs and so are a means of need fulfillment. Through relationships with others, we fulfill our needs for: ■ Intimacy—someone with whom we can share our feelings freely ■ Social integration—someone with whom we can share worries and concerns ■ Nurturance—someone whom we can take care of and who will take care of us ■ Assistance—someone to help us in times of need ■ Affirmation—someone who will reassure us of our own worth and tell us that we matter C. Emotional attachment • Sex can play an important role in emotional attachment, a relationship can be very intimate and yet not sexual. Two people can be emotionally intimate (share feelings) or spiritually intimate (share spiritual beliefs and meanings), or they can be intimate friends. With such a range of possibilities, the intimacy level two people experience cannot be judged easily by those outside the relationship D. Emotional availability • the ability to give to and receive from others emotionally without fear of being hurt or rejected, is the fourth characteristic of intimate relationships. SCI/162 2. What problems might form barriers to intimacy? What actions can you take to reduce or
remove these barriers? A. “Obstacles to intimacy include lack of personal identity, emotional immaturity, and a poorly developed sense of responsibility. The fear of being hurt, low self-esteem, mishandled hostility, chronic “busyness” (and its attendant lack of emotional presence), a tendency to “parentify” loved ones, and a conflict of role expectations may be equally detrimental. Individual insecurities and difficulties in recognizing and expressing emotional needs also can create obstacles. These barriers to intimacy may have many causes, including miscommunication, a dysfunctional family background, and jealousy.” B. The first you can do to reduce or remove these barriers is talk about how you feel to your partner. You need to make sure you find healthy ways to tell them rather than using anger to take it out. Work on discussing it and accepting each other’s differences. Also you need to be able to give your partner privacy when they need it and when you need yours. It is important to always be honest to each other because dishonesty causes an unhealthy relationship. 3. What are the common elements of healthy relationships? What are some common
warning signs of trouble? What actions can you take to improve your own interpersonal relationships? A. “Loving and taking care of yourself before and while you are in a relationship. Allowing each person to be themselves. Practicing safer sex methods. Trusting and being honest with yourself and each other. Resolving conflicts rational, peaceful, and mutually agreed upon way. ” These are all things from the chapter, but I think being with each other and being happy about it is something that makes a relationship healthy and happy. B. “You care for and focus on another person only and neglect yourself or you focus only on yourself and neglect the other person. You feel pressure to meet the other person’s standards. You lie to each other and make excuses to each other.” These are also from the chapter and I think obvious things like domestic abuse and keeping things hidden from your past are common warning signs of trouble. C. Learn to trust the other person as well as yourself. Do not leave your past hidden because it could lead to an unhealthy relationship. Learn to accept the other person for who they are; listen to their feelings and needs. 4. Why is social support important to an individual’s health and wellness? What type of
social support do you have that has positively affected your health and wellness? A. I believe that social support is important for an individual’s health and SCI/162 B. wellness because if you feel like they are alone in the world it may lead to the person being depressed or feel like they are being rejected. This could also lead to not wanting to be socially involved for the fear of being rejected or unwanted. Social support that I have that effects me positively is my friends and family motivating me to earn my degree. Whenever there is something big or small in my life that I want to accomplish, everybody that I know is extremely supportive of me and will help in any way that they can. If people were not there to keep me motivated I would probably not feel the way that I do about earning a degree. SCI/162 ...
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This note was uploaded on 01/25/2011 for the course SCI/162 AAGR0OHNS2 taught by Professor Helencole during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.
- Spring '10