Studies in Applied Interpersonal Communication offers solutions for communication problems that erupt in our daily lives. By focusing on socially meaningful applied research in communication, this book offers a new direction for interpersonal communication studies. Featuring original studies that are practical and relevant, chapters provide readers with a balanced combination of rigorous research with pragmatic application. This book will generate enthusiasm among students and scholars and inspire future research that moves beyond the theoretical and toward the practical.
Chapter 4: Behaviors That Determine the Fate of Friendships after Unrequited Romantic Disclosures
Platonic opposite-sex friendships often are among our most valued relationships (e.g., Baumeister, Wotman, & Stillwell, 1993). It is not surprising that romantic attraction sometimes develops within these initially platonic friendships, and it is not surprising that often the attraction is not mutual. The disclosure of romantic feelings that develop within a platonic friendship is risky. It is possible that the feelings are not mutual, and in that case, while the friendship may survive the asymmetry, it is more likely that it will not (Motley, Faulkner, & Reeder, 2008; Werking, 1997).
By age 20 or so, about 80% of today's population ...