Conflict in dating and marital relationships

Studies show that fear of intimacy is negatively related to comfort with emotional closeness and with relationship satisfaction, and positively related to loneliness and trait anxiety.

Distinguishing intimate (communal) relationships from strategic (exchange) relationships may also be a factor.

TY - CHAPT1 - Conflict in dating and marital relationships AU - Caughlin, John P.

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In a world where even ordinary stress on the job or at school can seem battering at times, and outside influences are in constant flux, home, hearth and family are expected to remain steady—a serene and sheltering haven. Unfortunately for many, home can be anything but a safe haven.

Men and women alike may find their home a fierce battleground.

As in the previous chapters, our review is selective and representative rather than comprehensive.

Poor skills in developing intimacy can lead to getting too close too quickly; struggling to find the boundary and to sustain connection; being poorly skilled as a friend, rejecting self-disclosure or even rejecting friendships and those who have them.It is a familiar and very close affective connection with another as a result of a bond that is formed through knowledge and experience of the other.Genuine intimacy in human relationships requires dialogue, transparency, vulnerability, and reciprocity.Intimate relationships play a central role in the overall human experience.Intimacy generally refers to the feeling of being in a close personal association and belonging together.

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