Intimate relationships

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Intimate relationships

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

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