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Laura K. Guerrero & Peter A. Andersen

In: Close Relationships: A Sourcebook

Chapter 13: Emotion in Close Relationships

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Emotion in Close Relationships
Emotion in close relationships
Laura K.Guerrero
Peter A.Andersen

Humans experience a wide range of emotions within their relationships. As Bowlby (1979) maintained, people feel emotion most intensely when they are developing, maintaining, renewing, disrupting, or terminating close relational bonds with others. Similarly, Oatley and Johnson-Laird (1987) contended that most “emotions of interest to humans occur in the course of … relationships with others” (p. 41). Andersen and Guerrero (1998b) extended this argument by proposing that interpersonal communication is the primary elicitor of most emotions.

In this chapter, we explore some of the emotional experiences that occur within ...

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