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Human relationships: interpersonal relationships

Human relationships: interpersonal relationships. 8.2. Learning outcomes. Evaluate psychological research (through theories and studies) relevant to the study of human relationships Discuss the interaction of biological, cognitive, and sociocultural factors in human relationships

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Human relationships: interpersonal relationships

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  1. Human relationships: interpersonal relationships 8.2

  2. Learning outcomes • Evaluate psychological research (through theories and studies) relevant to the study of human relationships • Discuss the interaction of biological, cognitive, and sociocultural factors in human relationships • Examine biological, psychological, and social origins of attraction • Discuss the role of communication in maintaining relationships • Discuss the role that culture plays in the formation and maintenance of relationships • Analyse why relationships may change or end

  3. Research • See p. 271 for research findings • A close relationship is defined as: a relationship involving strong and frequent interdependence (each partner’s thoughts, emotions, and behaviour influence the other’s) in many domains of life. • An issue of studying relationships is the definition of love

  4. Triangular Theory of Love

  5. Triangular Theory of Love • Robert Sternberg (1988) • A descriptive theory – does not explain why there are different form of love or what the function of love is

  6. Triangular Theory of Love • According to Sternberg’s theory intimacy and commitment rise over time, while passion seems to diminish • Be an enquirer and find out for yourself on p. 272 • What do you think? Do you agree with the theory?

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