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    • Intimate Relationships Requirements
    • Intimate relationships require deep commitment (e.g., emotional, social, legal, financial, etc.)
    • You assume you will stay in a relationship no matter what!
    • Intimate relationships foster interdependence.
    • That is, events or decisions that affect one person in the relationship affect everyone else in the relationship.
    • The more intimate the relationship, the higher the level of interdependence.
    • Intimate relationships require continuous investment (i.e., time, energy, and attention).
    • The most satisfying relationships are those in which both parties are investing equally.
    • Intimate relationships spark dialectical tensions.
    • Dialectical tensions are conflicts between two important but opposing needs or desires.
    • Autonomy the desire to be your own person Connection the desire to be close to others vs. For example:
    • Openness the desire for disclosure and honesty Closedness the desire to keep certain facts, thoughts, and ideas to yourself vs. And
    • Predictability the desire for consistency and stability Novelty the desire for fresh new experiences vs. And
    • Dialectical tensions are problematic only when people fail to manage them constructively.