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Unformatted text preview: RELATIONSHIP CHARACTERISTICS 1 Relationship Characteristics Jaclyn Russo SCI/164 19:00:09 Miranda Frazier RELATIONSHIP CHARACTERISTICS 2 The four characteristics that define intimate relationships are behavioral interdependence, needs fulfillment, emotional attachment, and emotional availability. Behavioral interdependence is how people affect one another mutually daily as their lives link. One person influences what the other wants to do, and can do. Relationships that have intimacy fulfill psychological needs and through other relationships one can fulfill needs such as intimacy, social integration, nurturance, assistance, and affirmation. Emotional attachment within relationships involves strong bonds, such as love, sex, religious beliefs, and sharing. The last characteristic is emotional availability that means the ability to give and receive emotionally without the feelings of hurt or rejection. Building relationships involve a degree of risk because no one knows what the other is bringing to the relationship (especially when it is...
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