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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?
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