CFT 412 Lecture 1: Class 1: April 2

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Class 1: April 2
Love Triangle
Relationships
Can
Begin with intimacy (friendship) and grow into love
Begin with primarily passion and later develop
decision/commitment and intimacy
Begin as a cognitive commitment decision (such as
arranged marriage) and develop intimacy, passion and love
Decision and Commitment
Cognitive attachment to another person
Develops over time, begins slowly and increases if relationship is
positive
If relationship dissolves then commitment is no longer present
Usually commitment is expressed as people move into advanced
stages of relationship (moving in together, engagement) or when
they stay in relationship during difficult tie
Intimacy
Intimacy
Involves sharing feelings and providing emotional support
Usually entails high levels of self- disclosure
Gradually increases as closeness grows between people
Involves building trust and becoming vulnerable
Types of Intimacy
Emotional
Intellectual
Social and Recreational
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