Interpersonal Relationship (Stages of Relationships (Bonding: includes a…
emotional, relational, and instrumental needs, as they are intimate, close, and interdependent relationships such as those we have with best friends, partners, or immediate family
are relationships that occasionally meet our needs and lack the closeness and interdependence of personal relationships
Types of Relationships:
Voluntary and Personal
Involuntary and Personal
Stages of Relationships
includes a public ritual that announces formal commitment
communicating these differences becomes a primary focus and people reestablish boundaries between themselves.
two people’s identities and personalities merge, and a sense of interdependence develops
communication decreases and certain areas or subjects become restricted as individuals verbally close themselves off from each other.
we indicate that we would like or are open to more intimacy, and then we wait for a signal of acceptance before we attempt more intimacy
the relationship may come to a standstill, as individuals basically wait for the relationship to end
where people exchange information and often move from strangers to acquaintance
may be a way to end the awkwardness that comes with stagnation, as people signal that they want to close down the lines of communication
people size each other up and try to present themselves favorably
Relational interaction stage where a relationship ends.
Social Exchange Theory:
essentially entails a weighing of the costs and rewards in a given relationship
is the idea that we desire predictability as well as spontaneity in our relationships
refers to the desire to be open and honest with others while at the same time not wanting to reveal every thing about yourself to someone else
refers to our need to have close connection with others as well as our need to have our own space and identity
Personal Connection Paragraph
We have these types of relationships everywhere in our life and we use every stage of relationships throughout our life with the people that we know/meet. I have probably used all of these multiple times in my life. For example, I've terminated relationships with a person for being either toxic or a girlfriend that I just don't talk to anymore. Avoiding is probably one of the most awkward stages I've interacted with because I try not to be so rude but I always try to avoid people I don't like or I don't want to talk to. Other than that, my favorite stage would be intensifying or bonding because the feeling of a connection with someone great is one of the best feelings ever.