Chap11 - Chapter Eleven INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS Creating...

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Chapter Eleven INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS: Creating Dyadic Identities
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Conditions for Intimacy l Physical Proximity l Shared Episodes l Intimacy Readiness l Romantic Feelings
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Definition of Intimacy l Definitions of intimacy have changed throughout history l In our time we can define intimacy as, “a unique bond created by two people through some combination of highly interdependent actions, individualized rules and personal disclosures, and viewed by both parties as relatively affectionate, intrinsically rewarding, and irreplaceable.”
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Definitions of Intimacy l No relationship is static, all require maintenance! l Relationships are co-created and then re- created throughout time. Repetition of familiar episodes Addition of new episodes Roles and rules are negotiated and then modified or re-negotiated
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Influences in Defining Intimacy l Family messages (we observe intimacy and respond by repeating those patterns or deciding consciously to try new patterns) l Cultural messages (we see in all forms a media models of what intimacy “should” be, see table 11.1 on interpersonal ideologies) l Do we consciously search for relationships or do they “just” happen?
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2011 for the course COMMUNICAT 192:201 taught by Professor Coan during the Fall '10 term at Rutgers.

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