WHAT IS THE EMERGENCE OF RELATIONSHIP IN MENTAL HEALTH?

ACCREDITED SENIOR PSYCHOTHERAPIST/COUNSELLOR -Dr.Fawzy Masaoud-LONDON, ENGLAND

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.

1-Sampling

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.

2-Bargaining

This is continuous and involves an initial formation of an acquaintanceship
followed by an assessment of potential pros and cons.

3-Commitment

This is mutual recognition that the relationship exists, and there is
public or private expression
.

 4-Institutionalisation

The relationship may be formalized, e.g. through marriage.

As relationships develop, there is also an increase in the following:

  • Intensity
    of like or love.
  • Depth and
    breadth of information exchanged.
  • Actual
    and expected length of the relationship.
  • Value of
    resources exchanged –…

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