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Interpersonal Dependency

  • By: Robert F. Bornstein
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

Interpersonal dependency—the tendency to rely on other people for nurturance, guidance, protection, and support even in situations where autonomous functioning is possible—is one of the more widely studied personality traits in the field of human relationships. Individual ...

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