Personal relationships involve the everyday associations
we have with others. Principal factors contributing to the
success or failure of personal relationships are how interpersonal
relationships are formed, what they do to us once they are
formed, and what people do in relationships.
To understand the complexities of a relationship, it's necessary
to examine the observable qualities of relationships: the
actual behaviors of persons in relationships, the stimuli
that trigger various reactions (including reactions such
as attraction, anger, and satisfaction), the sequences of
interactions between persons involved in relationships (their
communication strategies), and the manners through which
individuals express themselves and their intentions (with
a focus on emotions). Other issues include personality variables,
deviance and relationships, power and authority in relationships,
and clinical topics such as loneliness.
The mental activities involved in relationships are especially
important for understanding how persons make conclusions
and judgments about one another, how emotions are experienced,
and how decisions are made to attempt to influence one another
or simply to live up to another's expectations.
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