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Unformatted text preview: 11/16/10 Intimacy Defining Intimacy- An emotional attachment between 2 people characterized by: o Concern for each others well being o A willingness to disclose private information o Sharing of common interests/activities Intimacy in Adolescence = issue?- Does not necessarily have a sexual or physical component o Characterized by openness, honesty, and self-disclosure, and trust- This is not only b/c adolescents are becoming sexually active at this time- New importance results from physical, cognitive, and social changes- Intimacy requires an understanding from the other person metacognitive skills- Not until adolescence do truly intimate relationships first emerge Sullivans Theory of Interpersonal Development- Emphasized the social aspects of growth between individuals and others- Theory focuses on transformations in relationships w/ others- How interpersonal relationships are changing- Four stages of interpersonal needs over the course of adolescence o Biological needs o Fundamental/social needs these change over life span- Sullivans Developmental Progression o Infancy: need for contact and for tenderness Makes us feel secure, and avoids anxiety o Early childhood: need for adult participation in our lives...
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