CH 3 - CH 3: THE RELATIONAL PERSPECTIVE What is a...

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CH 3: THE RELATIONAL PERSPECTIVE What is a relationship? A relationship exists when the participants contruct a mental view of it – it occurs on many different levels Level 1 A relationship occurs when there is a mutual recognition of being perceived A relationship is formed when You and another are behaving You are aware of his/her behavior, and at the same time The other is aware of your behavior As a result You are aware that the other is aware of you The other is aware that you are aware of him/her Level 2 You treat the relationship as having a past, present, and future Awareness arises from cumulative interactions with a particular person so that you “name” the relationship People speak of relationships as declining, improving, or being flat Relationships as minicultures Relationships are “private minicultures” where participant perceptions of the relationship are its reality. The perceived reality of relationships builds over time for the participants Relationship participants need to make sense of their relationships since they are more than the sum of the individual parts Each relationship is a “miniculture” with its own norms and rules
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CH 3: THE RELATIONAL PERSPECTIVE “Relational miniculture” defines what they do and who they are to one another mother-son / teacher-student / boyfriend-girlfriend Metaphors for relationships When an ongoing relationship does not have an agreed-upon definition, it brings conflict and discord Themes that emerge in ongoing relationships (Owen) Commitment Dedication to this particular relationship in spite of difficult times Involvement
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