Week 6_Assignment_Healthy Interpersonal Relationships

Week 6_Assignment_Healthy Interpersonal Relationships - SCI...

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SCI 164, Week 6 Assignment Healthy Interpersonal Relationships Resource: Health: The Basics (8 th edition. ) by Rebecca Donatelle Answer the following questions. Please respond in essay format. Each response should be at least 150 words in length. 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: behavioral interdependence, need fulfillment, emotional attachment, and emotional availability. Each of these characteristics may be related to interactions with family, close friends, and romantic partners. Behavioral interdependence refers to the mutual impact that people have on each other as their lives and daily activities intertwine. It is important in relationship development because 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. Need fulfillment refers to how intimate relationships fulfill psychological needs. It is important in relationship development because through relationships with others we fulfill our needs for: intimacy, social integration, nurturance, assistance, and affirmation. Emotional attachment refers to the bonds or feeling of love. It is important in relationship development because even though sex can play an important role in emotional attachment, a relationship can be very intimate and yet not sexual. Emotional Availability is the ability to give to and receive from others emotionally without fear of being hurt or rejected. It is important in relationship development because at times all of us may limit our emotional availability. For example, after a painful breakup we may decide not to jump into another relationship immediately; which can provide time for introspection and healing, as well as for
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