WHAT ARE THE RELATIONSHIPS AND KEY INFLUENCES IN MENTAL HEALTH?

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

There are a number of reasons why we form social and intimate relationships
and why they sometimes fail. Most of them are related to our perceptions, which
in turn can be affected by a range of other factors, such as our socio-economic
or cultural background, gender, education, social learning, personality,
experience and so on. The key influences
on relationship formation that have been identified by psychologists are
briefly discussed below.

1-Attractiveness

Physical attractiveness plays a vital role in relationship formation,
particularly in the early stages. Research shows that we tend to be attracted
to physically attractive people, yet we tend to end up in close relationships
with people who are of a similar level of attractiveness to ourselves. Perhaps
we are more comfortable with someone who is not too much more or less
attractive that we are.

While attractive people tend to receive more positive responses, in a
wide range…

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