Geography is a factor in relationships. Not surprising, working, taking a class, or sharing a common space with someone may lead to a long-term friendship or relationship. An NPR news report notes that many people make long time friends when in college. Although geographical closeness at times leads to friendships the question remains as to what motivates these relationships. Cross (2009) points to a variable known as the relational self-construal defined in terms of how an individual see’s oneself in relation to others close to us. So close relationships must have lasted because someone (or both) in the dyad is high on the relational self-construal. For the purpose of continuing the relationship these individuals tend to be particularly attentive to the needs of others by paying close attention to information. Cross writes that actions such as give and take, openness, providing support and encouragement are characteristic of those high in relational self-construal. While geography may be a factor when it comes to who you are acquainted with, attentiveness to others in relation to oneself determines who your friends will be .
Social Psychology Eye
- An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.
- Why do we join groups?
- Truck driver... no wait a professor! Can glasses really change impressions of you?
- The Pursuit of Happiness
- Confirmation Bias, Satire, and Stephen Colbert
- What is it about groups that promotes aggression?
- Mind reading gone awry
- Psychology, rape and the attribution of responsibility
- Women with hairy legs – an oxymoron?
- How Netflix just made a bad thing worse
- Social Psychology Eye featured on Online Courses.org's top 100 blogs
- Teaching and Learning Guide for: Towards an Emplaced, Relationally-Focused and Action-Orientated Social Psycho... bit.ly/1qPtXOR 3 weeks ago
- Class Dismissed: Putting Social Class on the Critical Psychological Agenda: Despite persuasive arguments perta... bit.ly/1qPtXOG 3 weeks ago
- Implicit and Explicit Evaluation: A Brief Review of the Associative–Propositional Evaluation Model: A central ... bit.ly/1qPtUTf 3 weeks ago
- Self-forgiveness: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Traditionally, self-forgiveness has been framed as a proces... bit.ly/XzxecD 3 weeks ago
- Personalizing Behavioral Interventions Through Single-Patient (N-of-1) Trials: Behavioral interventions are ty... bit.ly/1qPu0Kp 3 weeks ago