Why we form relationships. Factors of attraction influence our choice of relational partners.
Relational dynamics and communication have been described using two different characterizations of relational development and interaction.
Knapp's developmental models of relational stages should also include relational maintenance, which is aimed at keeping relationships operating smoothly, in addition to the ten stages.
The dialectical perspective on relational dynamics is another way of explaining interaction in relationships and is focused on dialectical tensions, or conflicts that arise when two opposing or incompatible forces exist simultaneously.
Communicating about relationships.
Content and relational messages.
Maintaining and supporting relationships.
Repairing damaged relationships is challenging, as problems arise from outside or internal forces or from a relational transgression, which is when one partner violates the explicit or implicit terms of the relationship.
Strategies for relational repair include discussing the violation and for the offending partner to offer an apology.