Principles Of Interpersonal Relationships

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Principles of interpersonal relationships


In today’s competitive world, we all the time have to be aware that how we communicate with everyone whom we meet and we must create a favourable impression on the mind of the other person. It is with this season, that this particular skill takes a very important place in our life style. If we want to be successful, we have to have very good relations with all those with whom we come in contact. This presentation is going to outline the principles of interpersonal relationship, but beforehand key term will be defined

Definition of terms

The basic principles of interpersonal relationship accepted by most authorities in the field of social psychology and relationship science are described as follows: 1. The study of interpersonal relationship involves several branches of social sciences including such disciplines as sociology, psychology, anthropology and social work. 2. Interpersonal skills are extremely vital when trying to develop a relationship with another person. 3. Interpersonal relationships are dynamic systems that change continuously during their existence. Like living organisms, relationships have a beginning, a lifespan and an end. 4. All relationships are governed by Levinger model, a model developed by George Levinger to describe heterosexual, adult romantic relationships. According to the model, natural development of a relationship follows five stages: (a) Acquaintance/Acquaintanceship- becoming acquainted depends on previous relationships, physical proximity, first impressions and other factors. If two people begin to like each other, continued interactions may lead to the next stage, but acquaintance can continue indefinitely. (b) Build-up – During this stage people begin to trust and care about each other. The need for intimacy, compatibility and such filtering agents as common background and goals will influence whether or not interaction continues. (c) Continuation: This follows a mutual commitment to quit a strong and close long-term friendship, or even manage. It is generally long, relative stable period. Nevertheless, continued growth and development will occur during this time. Mutual trust is important to sustain the relationship. (d) Deterioration: Not all relationships deteriorate, but those that tend to show signs of trouble, boredom, resentment and dissatisfaction may occur, an individual may communicate less and avoid self-disclosure. Loss of trust and betrayals may take place as the downward spiral continuous deterioration may eventually end the relationship. (e) Termination: The final stage marks the end of the relationship, either by break-up, death, or by spatial separation for quite some time and severing all existing ties of either friendship or romantic cure. 5. The list of interpersonal skills needed for healthy and positive relationship include: Verbal communication - what we say and how we say it.

Non-verbal communication – what we communicate without words, body language is an example. Listening skills – How we interpret both the verbal and non-verbal messages sent by others. Negotiation- working with others to find a mutually agreeable outcome. Problem- solving – Working with others to identify, define and solve problems. Decision making: Exploring and analysing options to make sound decisions. Assertiveness – Communicating our values ideas, beliefs, opinions, needs and wants, freely.

6. Healthy relationships are built on a foundation of secure attachment. Secure attachment models represent an internal set of expectations and preferences regarding the intimacy that guide behaviour. Characteristics of Relationship: They include Goals. These are mutual support goals, problem solving goals, individual growth in the relationship goals, structural goals, financial goals, and family goals. These are meant to be pillars holding the whole water front of relationships.

Mutual Support goals:
i) to...