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Unit Ten Virtual Lecture. Intimacy and Distance in Relationships. What is Intimacy? . Webster's definition: “close union, contact, association or acquaintance with another”. Dimensions of Intimacy. Emotional Physical Intellectual Shared Activities. Dimensions of Distance. Withdrawal

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Unit ten virtual lecture

Unit Ten Virtual Lecture

Intimacy and Distance in Relationships


What is intimacy

What is Intimacy?

  • Webster's definition:

    “close union, contact, association or acquaintance with another”


Dimensions of intimacy

Dimensions of Intimacy

  • Emotional

  • Physical

  • Intellectual

  • Shared Activities


Dimensions of distance

Dimensions of Distance

  • Withdrawal

  • Avoidance

  • Being Reserved

  • Shortening interaction

  • Restricting topics

  • Deception


Influences on intimacy

Influences on Intimacy

  • Gender – Male vs. Female styles

  • Cultural Influences


What is self disclosure

What is self-disclosure?

  • Must contain personal information about the sender.

  • The sender must communicate the information verbally.

  • Another person must be the target of the communication.


What are the benefits of self disclosure

What are the benefits of self-disclosure?

  • Catharsis

  • Self-clarification

  • Self-Validation

  • Reciprocity

  • Impression Formation

  • Relationship Enhancement

  • Moral Obligation

  • Social Influence

  • Self-Defense


Risks of self disclosure

Risks of Self Disclosure

  • Rejection

  • Negative Impression

  • Decrease in Relational Satisfaction

  • Loss of Influence

  • Loss of Control

  • Hurt the the other person

  • Increased Awareness


Alternatives to self disclosure

Alternatives to Self-Disclosure

  • Silence

  • Lying

    • To Save Face

    • To Avoid Conflict or Tensions

    • To Guide Social Interaction

    • To Manage Relationships

    • To Gain Power

    • To Protect Other Relationships


Other alternatives

Other Alternatives

  • Equivocation

  • Hinting


Guidelines for self disclosure

Guidelines for Self Disclosure

  • Is the other person important to you?

  • Is the risk of disclosing reasonable?

  • Is the self-disclosure appropriate?

  • Is it relevant to the situation at hand?

  • Is the disclosure reciprocated?

  • Will the effect be constructive?

  • Is the self-disclosure clear and understandable?


End of unit 10

End of Unit 10

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