Summary Intimate Relationships

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ISBN-10 0071086676 ISBN-13 9780071086677
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This is the summary of the book "Intimate Relationships". The author(s) of the book is/are Rowland S Miller. The ISBN of the book is 9780071086677 or 0071086676. This summary is written by students who study efficient with the Study Tool of Study Smart With Chris.

Summary - Intimate Relationships

  • 1 The building blocks of Relationships

  • Committed = They expect their relationships to continue indefinitely and they invest time, effort and resources that are needed to realize that goal
  • Trust = The expectation that an intimate partner will treat one fairly and honorably
  • Mutuality = They recognize the overlap between their lives and think of themselves as " us" instead of " me" 
  • Knowledge = They share information  with each other that they would not share with other people
  • In what ways do intimate relationships differ from more casual assosiations?

    It differs in: Knowledge, caring, interdependence, mutuality, trust and commitment

  • Interdependence = The extent to which partners need and influence eachother  
  • What are properties of Interdependence?
    1. Strong (They have meaning full impacts)
    2. Diverse (They influence each other in many different ways)
    3. Enduring (They influence each other over long periods of time)
  • What do humans need to function normally according to R. Baumeister and M. Leary?
    Need to Belong: Frequent, pleasant interactions with intimate partners in lasting, caring relationships
  • 1.3 The influence of culture

  • What are sources of change for relationships, culture-wise?
    1. Economics (People not having enough money  to wed, people having enough education and financial resources to be independent)
    2. Individualism ( Self-focus has led to us to expect more personal gratification from our intimate partnerships)
    3. Technology  (Sperm bank, fertility control)
    4. Sex-ratio: The number of men for every 100 women.
  • 1.4 THE influence of experience

  • General Attachment Styles: 
    1. Secure: Children happily bond with others and relied on them comfortably
    2. Ambivalent: Children display nervous, clingy and excessive neediness in relationships with others
    3. Avoidant: Children are suspicious of and angry at others, and they did not easily form trusting, close relationships
  • Bartholomew's Four Categories of Attachment styles:
    1. Secure: Comfortable with intimacy and interdependence; optimistic and sociable
    2. Preoccupied: Uneasy and vigilant toward any threat to the relationship; needy and jealous
    3. Fearful: Fearful of rejection and mistrustful of others; suspicious and shy
    4. Dismissing: Self-reliant and unintrested in intimacy; indifferent and independent
  • 1.5.2 Gender differences

  • What are gender roles?
    The patterns of behaviour that are culturally expected of "normal" men and women.
  • Androgynous, what does it mean?
    Being both masculine and feminine
  • 1.5.3 Personality

  • Big Five personality traits:
    • Openness to experience: The degree to which people are imaginative, unconventional and artistic versus conforming, uncreative and stodgy.
    • Extraversion: The extent to which people are outgoing, gregarious, assertive and sociable versus cautious, reclusive and shy.
    • Conscientiousness: The extent to which people are industrious, dependable and orderly versus unreliable and careless.
    • Agreeableness: The degree to which people are compassionate, cooperative and trusting versus suspicious, selfish and hostile.
    • Neuroticism: The degree to which people are prone to high levels of negative emotion such as worry, anxiety and anger.
  • 1.5.4 Self-Esteem

  • What is self-esteem?
    How we valuate ourselves.
  • 1.6 The influence of human nature

  • Paternity uncertainty = Unless the man is completely confident that his mate has been faithful to him, he cannot be absolutely certain that her child is his.
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