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- The impact we have on each other, the way we treat each other determines how we will be treated. Need fulfillment- Plays a role in our psychological, social, spiritual, and physical health Intimacy- sharing feelings with each other freely Social integration- sharing worries and concerns with each other Nurturance- having someone to take care of us and that we can take care of Assistance- having help in times of need
Affirmation- reassuring us of our worth
Emotional attachment- feelings of love, there are many different levels of emotional attachments such as spirituality can play a big part in emotional attachment. Emotional availability- being able to give and receive without the fear of being hurt
2. What problems might form barriers to intimacy? What actions can you take to reduce or remove these barriers?
Some problems that might form barriers to intimacy are miscommunication, a dysfunctional family background, and jealousy. Some things we can to reduce these are trying to be more clear when you are communicating, coming up with ways to stay in the present so bad feelings of the past are not constantly brought up, and letting your partner know you are there for them and you want your relationship to work.
3. What are the common elements of healthy relationships? What are some common warning signs of trouble? What actions can you take to improve your own interpersonal relationships?
The common elements of a healthy relationship are good communication, intimacy, and friendship. Some warning signs of a relationship in trouble are being scared of your partner, finding yourself less important, and sometimes physical abuse could come about. Some of the actions I think I can take are to be more respectful of the people that I have relationships by making myself more available to them being free of worries and distractions when they are trying to communicate with me.
4. Why is social support important to an individual’s health and wellness? What type of social support do you have that has positively affected your health and wellness?
Social support is very important to individual health and wellness because it is how we feel excepted it is good to feel like we have someone on our side when we need them there. I think I have social support in the form of emotional, physical and giving me self-esteem. I think these help me because I do not feel like I have to take the world on my own shoulders there is someone to stand with me, and I feel better myself because I have more confidence.