Relationships: A Dialectical Perspective

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Psychology - 586 pages
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This volume on close relationships in adulthood discusses the central issues in the field and points the way towards the construction of an integrated body of knowledge about human relationships. The self, interactions, relationships and grops are treated as dynaimc proceses in dialectical relations with each other and with the socio-cultural structure of norms, values, beliefs and institutions.; Early chpaters introduce aspecs of the slef relevant to the dynaimcs of intercayions and relationships: Intrapsychic Processes Of Cognition And Emotion Are Emphasized. These Are followed by chapters discussing the principle characteristics of relationships. Seven further chapters focus on the processes involved in the dynaimcs of relationships, and later chapters synthesize previous ones in discussions of love and friendship, and the nature of relationship change. The focus throughot the text is on current work and current controversy, placed against a background of knowledge that has been built up in recent decades.
 

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Robert Hinde is a remarkable scientist. As a student at Cambridge, where Robert served tirelessly as co-supervisor of my thesis research, I was reminded again and again by the breadth and depth of his scholarship. His work on dialectical foundations of human relationships in one bold stroke breaks away from any previous traditions that see individuals as independent and basically static contributors to the fabric of the deepest interconnections people can have. The idea of dialectics basically is that each participant in the relationship not only communicates with the other, but is changed by the series of interactions that make relationships possible.
As always Robert Hinde goes beneath the surface of behavioral organization. His broad background in animal behavior and comparative psychology offers the reader critical new perspectives on what makes our relationships work. Rather than making simple catalogues as if behavior is a series of stable events, Hinde shows how underlying dynamic processes must be understood it we are to gain a proper understanding of how relationships operate over time.
This is an important book. I recommend it without reservation.
John C. Fentress
 

Contents

PART A PROLEGOMENA
1
Obstacles to a Science of Interpersonal Relationships
13
The Self Interactions and Relationships
23
PART B CHARACTERISTICS OF RELATIONSHIPS
49
B2 THE CONSTITUENT INTERACTIONS
67
Qualities of Interactions and Communication
77
Relative Frequency and Patterning of Interactions
99
B3 GIVE AND TAKE IN RELATIONSHIPS
109
Dissonance Balance and Attribution
319
Exchange Interdependence Equity and Investment Theories
333
The Categorisation of Resources
369
Attachment Theory
385
Negative and Positive Feedback
397
FRIENDSHIP AND LOVE
407
Love and Romantic Relationships
427
PART E RELATIONSHIP CHANGE
445

DifferenceComplementarity
137
Conflict
153
Power
191
B4 CLOSENESS
201
Interpersonal Perception Accounts and the Perception
219
Satisfaction
243
Commitment
269
FURTHER PRINCIPLES FOR UNDERSTANDING
279
Social and Other ExtraDyadic Influences
291
The Development of Relationships
461
Maintenance
477
The Decline and Dissolution of Relationships
487
A Programme for Integration
509
References
521
Author Index
569
Subject Index
581
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