Academic journal article Indian Journal of Psychiatry

Interpersonal Relationships: Building Blocks of a Society

Academic journal article Indian Journal of Psychiatry

Interpersonal Relationships: Building Blocks of a Society

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Byline: Lakshmi. Sravanti

Man is a social being who constantly interacts with his peers and is influenced by his relationships with others. Interpersonal social cognitive theory of self postulates that relationships regulate an individual's emotions and also modulate his behavior in the future interactions.[sup][1] Interpersonal intelligence is one of the multiple intelligences recognized by Gardner.[sup][2]

Relationships can be of different types based on the relational context and expectations that the individuals have of one another, such as friendship, family, or professional relationship.[sup][3] Levinger elucidated stages of heterosexual adult romantic interpersonal relationships. They are acquaintanceship, buildup, continuation, deterioration, and ending.[sup][4] These stages hold good for other types of relationships as well.

Dynamics of adult relationships can be explained by attachment theory.[sup][5] Social attachments and behaviors are mediated by central oxytocinergic system.[sup][6] Limbic cortico-subcortical and frontotemporal areas are implicated in the perception and regulation of social emotional information, respectively.[sup][7]

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Nobody is perfect and no two minds think alike. When there are differences of opinion, people must agree to disagree. The swirls in the picture represent two souls springing from a common stem yet maintaining their individuality and distinct core personalities. Attractive forces represented by brown spikes bring them close to each other and bind them together. …

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