The Fourth Edition of this highly successful textbook provides a unique and comprehensive introduction to the study and understanding of human relationships. This thoroughly revised edition combines the most recent research from social, personality, and developmental psychology, communication studies, family studies, and sociology with greater interdisciplinarity coverage and emphasis on processes of everyday life. Fresh insights from family studies, developmental psychology, occupational, and organizational psychology also combine to bring new perspectives to this thorough survey of the field. Thoroughly updated, with new chapters on Relating Difficulty, "small media" technology and relationships, and practical applications, the new edition is responsive to the student demand for insight into their own lives.

Attachment and Emotion
Attachment and emotion

It requires no great insight to realize that [some people] are deeply distrustful of close relationships and terrified of allowing themselves to rely on anyone else, in some cases in order to avoid the pain of being rejected and in others to avoid being subjected to pressure to become someone else's caretaker. (Bowlby, 1979: 138)

Focus points for note taking when reading this chapter:

  • How far is any of our relating a result of our previous/early/childhood experiences rather than just to do with the present experiences we are having in the relationship in question?
  • What sorts of childhood influences can affect later human relationship in adult life?
  • What is the relative effect of our own infancy versus the later experiences that we get as ...
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