University of California Riverside How Variables Function Discussion

University of California Riverside How Variables Function Discussion


Topic of analysis:  Chapter 9

Analyze one of your most important relationships. Begin by identifying the individual and briefly describing the relationship. The relationship does not have to be romantic in nature. Then use the principles described in Chapter 9 to analyze this relationship. Here are some ideas to get you going:

  • Consider the variables of why we form relationships (attraction, similarity, complementarity, proximity, etc.). How did these variables function at the start of your relationship? How do the variables function now that you have a more established relationship?
  • Discuss your relationship in terms of Knappā€™s 10 Stages of Coming Together/Apart. How did you move from one stage to another? Where are you now? What tells you this?
  • How do the various dialectical tensions function in this relationship? Give at least two specific examples, and describe how you managed the tension.
  • How do you maintain this relationship? What could you do to improve this maintenance?
  • How have you repaired the relationships after transgressions? What has been particularly effective?


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