Relationship Development (Vocab (The bonding stage includes a public…
meet 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.
, people size each other up and try to present themselves favorably
, where people exchange information and often move from strangers to acquaintances
, 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.
, two people’s identities and personalities merge, and a sense of interdependence develops
includes a public ritual that announces formal commitment.
, communicating these differences becomes a primary focus.
, communication decreases and certain areas or subjects become restricted as individuals verbally close themselves off from each other
, the relationship may come to a standstill, as individuals basically wait for the relationship to end.
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.
of a relationship can occur shortly after initiation or after a ten- or twenty-year relational history has been established
Stages of Relational Interaction
Social Exchange Theory
Social exchange theory essentially entails a weighing of the costs and rewards in a given relationship.John H. Harvey and Amy Wenzel, “Theoretical Perspectives in the Study of Close Relationships,”
Autonomy-Connection refers to our need to have close connection with others as well as our need to have our own space and identity.
• Novelty-Predictability is the idea that we desire predictability as well as spontaneity in our relationships
• Openness-Closedness 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