Interpersonal Relationships Term Paper by Spirittalk

A discussion on the development of healthy interpersonal relationships.
# 151518 | 1,564 words | 3 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 19, 2012 in Psychology (Social) , Psychology (Theory)

$19.95 Buy and instantly download this paper now


The paper defines interpersonal relationships and discusses the concepts of interdependence, attachment and belonging as crucial roles in the creation of intimacy. The paper relates that the inability to form interpersonal relationships can be the result of aggressive or antisocial behavior; the paper then discusses the social learning theory and the cognitive-neo association theories and how they address aggression and antisocial behavior. The paper also looks at the concepts of familiarity, similarity and reciprocity and how they are each important aspects of a successful relationship.

Define Interpersonal Relationships
Concepts of Interdependence, Attachment, and Belonging Relating to Intimacy
Cognitive Theories Related to Aggression and Antisocial Behavior
Concepts of Familiarity, Similarity, and Reciprocity as they relate to Attraction

From the Paper:

"An interpersonal relationship begins with two or more individuals coming together who share certain ideas thoughts, or beliefs. There appears to be some form of attraction when forming these relationships that begins before the relationship develops. High school students may share interpersonal relationships by forming some form of intimacy with others within their group, and this may be the beginning of an interpersonal relationship (Fiske, 2010). Relationships are formed by businesses that promote selling a product to the public for profit and need. These businesses learn to trust each other and work together toward mutual benefit (Mowat, 2010). When reviewing the different types of interpersonal relationships and how they are formed, perhaps the most interesting aspect is attraction.
"Attraction is necessary if an interpersonal relationship is to be formed. This is a personal choice and can occur within the work environment, school, or place of worship. The meeting may lead to casual conversation and progress to attending shared social events like having dinner or going to a movie (Fiske, 2010). As the relationship develops, other factors emerge that determine whether or not the individuals continue their relationship. As the relationship continues, the couple may form an intimate bond."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Fiske, S. T. (2010). Social beings: Core Motives in Social Psychology (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Mowat, J. G. (2010). He Comes to talk to me about Things: Supporting Pupil's Experiencing Social and Emotional Behavioral Difficulties---A Focus upon Interpersonal Relationships. Pastoral Care in Education, 28(3), 163-180 doi: 10.1080/02643944.2010.504218
  • Wakimoto, S., & Fujihara, T. (2004). The Correlation between Intimacy and Objective Similarity in Interpersonal Relationships. Social Behavior & Personality: An International Journal. 32(1), 95-102. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

Cite this Term Paper:

APA Format

Interpersonal Relationships (2012, June 19) Retrieved September 28, 2023, from

MLA Format

"Interpersonal Relationships" 19 June 2012. Web. 28 September. 2023. <>