Interpersonal Relationship Types and Theories (Friendship Relationships…
Interpersonal Relationship Types and Theories
Friendships are interpersonal relationships, for them to exist, communication interactions must have taken place between the people involved.
Friendships are interdependent relationships, the closer friends are the more interdependent they become.
Friendships are mutually productive, friends are not destructive to each other, once it becomes destructive it is no longer considered a friendship.
Friendships are characterized by mutual positive regard, liking people is essential if we are to call them friends.
Types of friendships: reciprocity, receptivity, Association
Friends with benefits: you are friends with this person only to benefit from something. an example would be to engage in sex but not be romantically involved.
Types of love: Eros, Ludus, Storge, Pragma, Mania, Agape.
Eros: Beauty and sexuality
Ludus: Entertainment and excitement
Storge: Peace and slowness
Pragma: Practicality and tradition
Mania: Elation and depression
Agape: Compassion and selflessness
Culture has a big influence on relationships, in their love style Asians have been found to be more friendship oriented than are Europeans.
Men and women differ in the types of love they prefer, for example, on one version of the love self-test presented men scored higher on erotic and ludic love, whereas women scored higher on manic, pragmatic, and storgic love.
38% of all Americans who describe themselves as looking have used some form of a mobile dating app or online dating service.
Characteristics of Families
Defined roles, recognition of responsibilities, shared history and future, shared living space
Traditional, independent, separate
consensual, protective, pluralistic, laissez-faire.
Families, Culture, Gender, and technology
Culture and families: Example, married persons whose religion forbids divorce and remarriage will experience religious disapproval and condemnation as well as the same economic and social difficulties everyone else goes through.
Gender and families: In the U.S. men and women can initiated relationships and dissolve them. In Iran on the other hand only the man has the right to dissolve a marriage without giving reasons.
Technology and families: Cell phones enable parents and children to keep in close touch, college students stay in closer touch with their parents with the use of technology.
Mentoring: an experienced individual helps train a less experienced person who is sometimes referred to as a mentee.
Networking: enables you to build social capital which refers to the value of your social contacts.
Romantic relationships at work: can be very complicated and threaten your job if not handled correctly.
Tweeting, blogging, social/workplace networking
Attraction Theory: holds that you develop relationships on the basis of such factors as physical appearance and personality.
Social Exchange Theory: tries to answer the question of why some relationships develop and last and others don't and is based on an economic model of profits and losses.
Equity Theory: tries to answer the same question as social exchange theory and uses the concepts of social exchange, but it goes a step further. it claims that you develop and maintain relationships in which your ratio of rewards to costs is approximately equal to your partners.