- Key Readings
Close relationships provide a fundamental context for human behavior and development and as such the study of close relationships has in recent years become a major theme in social psychology. This field produces rich and diverse research that can be daunting to access. Psychology of Close Relationships emphasizes original empirical investigations, as well as including conceptual papers that set the stage for relationship science or that build basic theories.
Volume I: Theoretical Foundation – Why Relationships Matter focuses on basic theoretical arguments about the importance of relationships for human behavior and demonstrations of the consequences of relationships for health and well-being.
Volume II: Attraction and Relationship Development covers the initiation and development of relationships by looking at classic processes such as similarity, proximity, familiarity, and attractiveness, as ...
A compilation of volume Introductions.
The first volume will focus on two broad themes: (1) basic theoretical arguments about the importance of relationships for human behavior and (2) demonstrations of the consequences of relationships for health and well-being. This section also includes articles about the diversity of human close relationships across the lifespan.
“The smallest indivisible human unit is two people, not one; one is a fiction. From such nets of souls societies, the social world, human life springs.” So wrote the playwright Tony Kushner in the afterword to his renowned play, Angels in America: Perestroika. By this Kushner expressed a principle that most relationship researchers would also endorse: Relationships exert profound influence over human thought, emotion, ...