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Interdependency and Exchange Theory Psalm 126:5-6 Exchange Theory – Matt. 16:26 Relates to conflicts & power, as well as communication Based on behavioral psychology Some good ideas, but limited. Classical economics (rewards only concern) Good Summary: Swenson’s Interpersonal Relationships Basic formula in Profit = rewards-costs Good relationship maximizes rewards, minimizes costs Need to find rewards for spouse (e.g. Norm Wright’s idea of writing what makes you happy) We assign value of reward (not inherent) Satiation possible—using reward often decreases its effect Also need to see costs : Alternatives given up for relationship (and value assigned to them.) Punishments from relationship Fatigue Ambivalence Conflicts Foxx – May be married years and still not know what is really enjoyed by spouse Need more than physical – what’s left that is fun and interesting after physical is satiated Pleasing spouse is important in marriage: I Cor. 7:33-34
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Unformatted text preview: Density of reinforcement is low in poor marriages – need to increase it, as it was during dating (must give to receive – reaping & sowing) Marriage Counseling Often a testing of limits in marriage (as with kids) Test them to discover them, find rules and see how to play game. (Theology explicated via response to heresy) Back to basic exchange theory… 4 types of dyadic interaction: 1. Pseudo contingency – 2 topics (like kids), not really interacting B A 2. Assymetrical contingency – one talks, other listens (1 st does not respond to 2 nd ) A B Example: A speaks, when B responds A is thinking or response, not listening. 3. Reactive contingency – both react to other without reflecting (no thought of consequences). Often in panic situations. Say what you feel. 4. Mutual contingency Each contributes, each listens, reflects, each reacts....
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This note was uploaded on 12/29/2011 for the course PSY 200 taught by Professor Miller during the Fall '10 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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