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Unformatted text preview: private spheres with the other(s) in the couple or family. The central layers of the person and his or her basic mode of social existence are involved. Each member is especially sensitive to those things that are not in accord with his or her needs. In a relatively nonintimate group it's easier for a member to find freedom to satisfy private needs without giving up the relatively superficial relations to other members. In an intimate group like marriage that's harder, and if members' needs conflict, because of their intimate involvement, conflicts may become especially deep and emotional. Different functions that a marriage partner is called on to perform may demand opposite kinds of actions and personality traits that are not easily reconciled with each other. Nonetheless, failure to carry out one of these kinds of actions may leave important needs unsatisfied and lead to a high permanent tension level as long as that condition persists....
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- Fall '09