Healthy Interpersonal Relationships Worksheet

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Appendix F

Healthy Interpersonal Relationships Worksheet

Use your textbook to answer the following questions. You are not required to respond in essay format. You may use short-answer responses, including lists, to answer these questions.

1.What are the characteristics of intimate relationships? What are behavioral interdependence, need fulfillment, emotional attachment, and emotional availability? Why is each important in relationship development? •Behavioral interdependence is the mutual impact people have on each other in their daily lives and is important because one person may feel a great void if the other person is gone. •Need fulfillment is the psychological needs that are fulfilled by intimate relationships. The needs fulfilled are intimacy, social integration, nurturance, assistance, and affirmation. It is important in relationship development because they can help both parties to come away with feelings of being validated. •Emotional attachments are feelings of love in an intimate relationship. It is important in relationship development because it helps each individual gain insight into each others lives. •Emotional availability is the ability to give and receive from other emotionally without the fear of rejection or being hurt. It is important in relationship development because without being emotionally available it will limit a person's ability to experience intimate relationships.

2.What problems might form barriers to intimacy? What actions can you take to reduce or remove these barriers? •Communication barriers can be caused by background differences or alcohol and drugs. If you are raised with people of the same background you share many of the same experiences. Once you leave your comfort zone you may meet people who are vastly different from you. You can remove this barrier by being open to new experiences and new ideas. People who drink or use drugs are unable to express themselves clearly and this can lead to...
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