Outline of relationships
The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to interpersonal relationships.
Interpersonal relationship – association between two or more people; this association may be based on limerence, love, solidarity, regular business interactions, or some other type of social commitment. Interpersonal relationships are formed in the context of social, cultural, and other influences.
Essence of relationships
- Social relations – relationship between two (i.e. a dyad), three (i.e. a triad) or more individuals (i.e. members of a social group). Social relations, derived from individual agency, form the basis of social structure.
- Social actions – acts which take into account the actions and reactions of individuals (or 'agents'). According to Max Weber, "an action is 'social' if the acting individual takes account of the behavior of others and is thereby oriented in its course" (Secher 1962).
Types of relationships
Membership in a social group
Social group – consists of two or more humans who interact with one another, share similar characteristics and collectively have a sense of unity. By this definition, a society can be viewed as a large group, though most social groups are considerably smaller.
- Dyad – group of two people. "Dyadic" is an adjective used to describe this type of communication/interaction. A dyad is the smallest possible social group.
- Triad – group of three people. They are more stable than a dyad. Reduces intense interaction and is based less on personal attachments and more on formal rules and regulations.
Household — one or more persons who share main residence, and share meals or living space
- Single person
- Extended family
- Relation change
- Household aspects
An organization is a social group which distributes tasks for a collective goal. There are a variety of legal types of organizations, including:
- Citizenship – membership in a country or nation.
- Neighbor – member of a neighborhood.
- Member of society – a society is a body of individuals outlined by the bounds of functional interdependence, possibly comprising characteristics such as national or cultural identity, social solidarity, language, or hierarchical organization.
- Cohabitation — living together without being married.
- Committed relationship — interpersonal relationship based upon a mutually agreed-upon commitment to one another involving exclusivity, honesty, trust or some other agreed-upon behavior. The term is most commonly used with informal relationships, such as "going steady," but may encompass any relationship where an expressed commitment is involved.
- Close friendship — being close friends
- Long-term relationship (LT —R)
- Monogamy — having a single long-term sexual partner or marriage to one person.
- Polyamory — having multiple long-term sexual partners.
- Polygamy — marriage to multiple partners.
- Free union
- Civil union
- Domestic partnership
- Familial relationship — relationship between members of a family. Family members tend to form close personal relationships. See family section above.
- Extramarital affair
- Love–hate relationship
- Romantic friendship
- Relationship anarchy
- Same-sex relationship –-A relationship between two people of same sex.
- Casual relationship
- Female-led relationship – woman or wife led relationship (FLR)
Relations (relationship activities)
- Conflict resolution –
- Human bonding –
- Interpersonal communication –
- Personal relationship skills –
- Relationship education –
- Social rejection –
- Wedding –
Human mating is the process whereby an individual seeks out another individual with the intention of forming a long-term intimate relationship or marriage, but sometimes for casual relationship or friendship.
- Personal advertisement –
- Meet market –
- Flirting –
- Singles event –
- Courtship –
- Endogamy – the practice of marrying within a specific ethnic group, class, or social group, rejecting all others; in contrast to exogamy.
- Hypergamy – act or practice of seeking a spouse of higher socioeconomic status, or caste status than oneself; in contrast to hypogamy.
Reasons for ending a relationship
Theories of interpersonal relations
- Socionics – theory of intertype relations incorporating Carl Jung's work on personality types with Antoni Kępiński's theory of information metabolism.
- Attachment theory – describes the dynamics of long-term relationships between humans. Its most important tenet is that an infant needs to develop a relationship with at least one primary caregiver for social and emotional development to occur normally.
- Social exchange theory – a social-psychological and sociological perspective that explains social change and stability as a process of negotiated exchanges between parties. Posits that human relationships are formed by a subjective cost-benefit analysis and the comparison of alternatives.
- Relational models theory - a psychological theory authored by Alan Fiske proposing four elementary forms of human relations
Aspects of relationships include:
- Attachment in adults –
- Attachment in children –
- Interpersonal attraction – force acting between two people that tends to draw them together and resist their separation, which leads to friendships and romantic relationships. It is distinct from physical attraction.
- New relationship energy (NRE) – state of mind experienced at the beginning of most significant sexual and romantic relationships, typically involving heightened emotional and sexual receptivity and excitement.
Stages of a relationship
- Stages presented in George Levinger's relationship model:
Feelings and emotions
Terms for partners in intimate relationships include:
Terms for people who want to develop their relationships include:
Romance and intimacy
- Courtship –
- Romance –
- Pet names
- Interpersonal communication
- Intimacy –
- Emotional contagion – tendency to catch and feel emotions that are similar to and influenced by those of others.
- Casual relationship – sexual relationship without the extra commitments of a more formal romantic relationship.
- Relational disorder – mental disorder attributable to a relationship rather than to any one individual in the relationship.
- Emotional tyranny –
- Equal power relationship –
- Fear of commitment –
- Friend zone –
- Internet relationship –
- Quality time –
- Reciprocal liking –
- Respect –
- Sexual capital –
- Term of endearment –
- Roommate –
- Interpersonal attraction –
- Broken heart –
- Long-distance relationship –
- Marriage – a socially binding commitment to a partner
- Female-led relationship – romantic commitment where the woman is the lead and/or principle partner; often referred to as an FLR
- Sexual infidelity – having a sexual relationship outside of a relationship that includes a commitment to have no other sexual partners
- Sexual fidelity – not having other sexual partners other than one's committed partner, even temporarily
- Serial monogamy – having a series of monogamous relationships, one after the other
- Polyamory – encompasses a wide range of relationships, including those above: polyamorous relationships may include both committed and casual relationships
- Relationship anarchy – a theory that questions the idea of love as a special, limited feeling that is only real if it is restricted to two people only, at any given moment.
- Sexual promiscuity – having casual sexual partners at will (compare with chastity)
- Affection –
- Casual dating –
- Kiss –
- Kissing traditions –
- Emotional intimacy –
- Female bonding –
- Life partner –
- Limbic regulation –
- Limbic resonance –
- Limbic revision –
- MHC in sexual mate selection –
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