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An interpersonal relationship is an association between two or more people that may range in duration from brief to enduring. This association may be based on love and solidarity, regular business interactions, or some other type of social commitment. Interpersonal relationships are formed in the context of social, cultural and other influences, such as family, friendship, marriage, work, clubs, neighborhoods and places of worship. They may be regulated by law, custom, or mutual agreement, and are the basis of social groups and society. From a philosophical point of view a personal relationship is predicated on you knowing who he/she is, what he/she expects from you, and what you can expect from him/her. Interpersonal relationships usually involve some level of interdependence. People in a relationship tend to influence each other, share their thoughts and feelings, and engage in activities together. Because of this interdependence, most things that change or impact one member of the relationship will have some level of impact on the other member. Interpersonal relationships are dynamic systems change continuously during their existence. Like living organisms, relationships have a beginning, a lifespan, and an end. They tend to grow and improve gradually, as people get to know each other and become closer emotionally, or they gradually deteriorate as people drift apart, move on with their lives and form new relationships with others.
Flourishing relationships also allow a dynamic balance between focus on the intimate relationships and focus on other social relationships. Healthy relationships are built on a foundation of secure attachment and are maintained with love and purposeful positive relationship behaviors. Behaviors include Seeking to understand the partner; Giving the benefit of the doubt; Accepting and respecting; Empathy and social skills.
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