will make plans for the future and agree to share their lives together. This relationship does not only involve romantic ones but also between close friends, business partners and so on. For example, housemates who agree to stay together will share in the payment of rental, bills and food. Business partners also plan for the future of the company they own. Team cooperation is vital among the members of an army when facing a battle. A personal relationship which grows from one level to another depends on the decisions made by both sides. The decision to maintain a friendship can be either to remain at the early acquaintance stage or to pursue intimacy at a higher level.
TOPIC 5 COMMUNICATION IN THE CONTEXT OF RELATIONSHIPS 875.2.1Phases of Relationship and Communication Needs Every individual must go through various levels to establish a personal relationship and friendship throughout his life. Different relationships are naturally formed throughout peopleÊs lives due to individual requirements that change according to age and environment. In general, there are four phases of relationships in friendship which occur during various phases of a personÊs life (see Figure 5.2). Figure 5.2: Four phases of relationship (a)Childhood Phase During childhood, the tendency is to choose to interact and communicate with friends based on physical characteristics such as height, size as well as physical things owned by peers. The process of establishing friendship at this level is based on each otherÊs abilities and similarities discovered during the time spent interacting with one another. Everyone tries to highlight himself. The established relationship may create friendships. When this happens, they tend to communicate within the same circle of friends. Such a situation motivates them to share a common space.
TOPIC 5 COMMUNICATION IN THE CONTEXT OF RELATIONSHIPS 88In the context of communication between friends, children have the tendency to share interests and show sensitivity towards feelings and conditions around them. Children often communicate with the purpose of creating understanding and developing a common aim. (b)Teenage Phase The culture of communication among friends is different from that of family members. The experience of communicating with friends often creates a closer relationship among them. Therefore, the desire to form a closer friendship causes teenagers to form a group personality. Teenagers also perceive friendship as recognition and acceptance. The selection of certain individuals to be considered as friends is made based on personal qualities and capability to understand attitudes, feelings and thoughts that are more intimate and dyadic. Teenagers prefer to communicate with friends who they can talk to and share problems and opinions with. The characteristics of a friendship occurring at the teenage level are: (i) Trust in each other and in performing responsibilities expected in a friendship; (ii) Sincerity in communicating with peers and in making and expressing views and opinions; (iii)
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