In this chapter, we’ve explored the range of issues related to building and maintaining relationships. We started by discussing the nature of relationships, which included a discussion of the characteristics of relationships and the importance of significant relationships. We then discussed the formation and dissolution of relationships. Then we explored the importance of communication in relationships. Lastly, we looked at dating relationships and ended by discussing gender and relationships. Hopefully, you can see that building and maintaining relationships takes a lot of work.
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- Comparison Level
- Comparison Level of Alternatives
- Contact Frequency
- Content Level
- Interaction Variability
- Love Style
- Physical Attraction
- Relationship Dialectic
- Relationship Level
- Relationship Maintenance
- Romantic Relationships
- Social Attraction
- Symmetrical Relationship
- Task Attraction
Real World Case Study
Bill and Hillary have been dating each other since they were first-year students in college. They know that they would like to possibly get married and start a family. Before graduation, Bill finds out that he got his dream job offer in another city. Hillary wants to stay in the same college town, where she grew up and her family lives. She does not want to move. In addition, she got a job offer in the same town that would be beneficial for her. In the long-term, Hillary thinks that Bill should give up his dream job and sacrifice it for love and their future together. Bills thinks she is being selfish. He thinks he could make enough money so that they could travel back to see her family often. He thinks she is being selfish for not thinking about his feelings and his dreams. Bill knows that he will never get another opportunity like this again. He also knows he will not find another woman like Hillary. Hillary loves Bill, but she also loves her family. She doesn’t want a long-distance relationship with either of them. Hilary thinks that if they have their own family, it would be ideal to have other family members close to them.
- What would you do if you were Hillary/Bill?
- How do you determine the best decision?
- What are some possible solutions, and what would be the best solution?
- If they decide to get married, how do they determine when would be best and when to have kids?
- What kind of topics do Bill and Hillary need to agree on first?
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- Picking a seat in class near the person you’d like to get to know is an example of
- The fact that we are likely to pick a mate with whom we frequently cross paths is due to which reason for forming relationships?
- After 20 years of marriage, Chad and Autumn are bored in their relationship. They know what the other person will do and say every day. This dialectical tension is:
b. expression -privacy
- Aubrey loves to eat Asian food, but Gavin would rather just eat American food. The way the deal with their tensions is to say that they both love to eat food. The strategy they are most likely using is:
- Anna, who is a counselor at a women’s crisis center, says the reason she most often hears from battered wives for returning to their husbands is, “I don’t have any other place to go.” Which explanation of why people perform relationships best predicts this relationship?
a. disclosure thesis that suggests we are attracted to those who use disclosure appropriately
b. the reward thesis that suggests we are attracted to people we believe are can give us rewards
c. the similarity thesis that suggests we like people whom we perceive are like us
d. exchange theory that suggests we form relationships through assessment of potential rewards and costs
e. the reciprocity thesis that suggests being liked by others is a strong source of attraction
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