WHAT IS THE EMERGENCE OF RELATIONSHIP IN MENTAL HEALTH?
It has been suggested that as relationships develop there are a number
of stages. These stages are not
necessarily obvious, nor do they have to be rigid.
The individual screens out those that are not in the picture, usually on
the basis of superficial information.
The need for different types of relationships means that people may be
included in one type of relationship and excluded from others.
This is continuous and involves an initial formation of an acquaintanceship
followed by an assessment of potential pros and cons.
This is mutual recognition that the relationship exists, and there is
public or private expression.
The relationship may be formalized, e.g. through marriage.
As relationships develop, there is also an increase in the following:
of like or love.
- Depth and
breadth of information exchanged.
and expected length of the relationship.
- Value of
resources exchanged –…
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