Interpersonal Relationships





Learningabout interpersonalrelationship has taught me alotabout how relationships with other people develop and how they aremaintainedin a successful manner. I have come to understand that people are notthe same. They differ in age, gender, preferences and views aboutlife just to mention a few. These differences are the defining stonesof each person’s character and being, and should beappreciatedthat way. Additionally, people are also always seeking to makeconnections with others, especially the ones they have commoninterestswith.Therefore, understanding that need in humans is key to successfulrelationships (Reis,Collins &amp Berscheid, 2000Košir,Sočan &amp Pečjak, 2007).

Understandingand caring for people is part of forging successful interpersonalrelationships. Understanding that there are some issues that arebeyond people’s power to change,and it is those things that make them unique allows one to acceptthose people without feeling the urge to change them. Thiscreatesan emotional connection with the individual so that one becomesempathetic towards them. Acceptance creates emotions between the twopeople and that is the basis of relationships among human beings.Empathy isrootedin emotions and without the necessary emotion, empathy does not exist(Reis,Collins, &amp Berscheid, 2000Košir,Sočan &amp Pečjak, 2007).

Personally,I have identified that I tend to get worried up quite easily,something that drives me into being stressed and at one pointdepression. A little stress has beenidentifiedas beneficial, but learning to cope up with it when it grows beyondthe acceptable levels is the most important thing (Gohm,Corser, &amp Dalsky, 2005).I have learnt that I need to change how I handle stressful situationsand always exploit all the options available. I will not be keepingstressful situations to myself, but instead will be sharing them withfriends and family to seek their assistance and advice (Reis,Collins &amp Berscheid, 2000,p.858 Košir,Sočan &amp Pečjak, 2007, n.p).


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Reis,H. T., Collins, W. A., &amp Berscheid, E. (2000). The relationshipcontext of human behavior and development. PsychologicalBulletin,126(6),844.