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?
The characteristics are behavioral interdependence, need fulfillment, emotional attachment, and emotional availability.
Behavioral interdependence is the mutual impact that people have on each other as their lives and daily activities intertwine. Need fulfillment is the psychological need for intimacy, social integration, nurturance, assistance, and affirmation. Emotional attachments are feelings of love, and emotional availability is the ability to give and receive from others emotionally without fear of being hurt or rejected. All of these coincide with being in a healthy relationship. You have to be able to listen and respond when somebody expresses feelings, and you have to be ready to be able to make that happen. Everybody wants to be wanted, and feel like there is somebody out there for them, and to just generally be happy with a significant other, and wants to feel like they are needed. Making sure you available emotionally available to accept and return those feelings, and being able to be open with somebody is crucial to having a healthy relationship.
2.What problems might form barriers to intimacy? What actions can you take to reduce or remove these barriers?
Lack of personal identity, emotional immaturity, and a poorly developed sense of responsibility, fear of being hurt, low self esteem, and mishandled hostility. Keeping a open line of communication between your partner and yourself can help. Being able to identify when there is a problem, and being...