Ideal for students of social psychology and intimate relationships courses, this is a comprehensive introduction to an everyday subject that, on closer investigation, proves to be a dynamic, intriguing, and sometimes surprising area.Many researchers focus on one particular form of attraction: romantic love.
Relationships are also important for their ability to help individuals develop a sense of self.The relational self is the part of an individual's self-concept that consists of the feelings and beliefs that one has regarding oneself that develops based on interactions with others.In According to Maslow's hierarchy of needs, humans need to feel love (sexual/nonsexual) and acceptance from social groups (family, peer groups).In fact, the need to belong is so innately ingrained that it may be strong enough to overcome physiological and safety needs, such as children's attachment to abusive parents or staying in abusive romantic relationships.Why are we attracted to some people and not to others? Why do some romantic relationships succeed while others fail? In tackling questions like these, reviews the theory and research behind this fascinating area.
It combines real-life anecdotes and popular media examples with the latest psychological studies, making it a lively and engaging read.The scientific study of relationships evolved during the 1990s and came to be referred to as 'relationship science', Human beings are innately social and are shaped by their experiences with others.There are multiple perspectives to understand this inherent motivation to interact with otherse.Many researchers believe that as adults, people relate to their partners in the same way that they related to their caretakers in infancy.(See Chapter 4 for more information on attachment styles.) There are both similarities and differences among cultures in romantic attraction.Being submissive can be beneficial because it saves time, emotional stress, and may avoid hostile actions such as withholding of resources, cessation of cooperation, termination of the relationship, maintaining a grudge, or even physical violence.