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
- Issue Information July 27, 2015
- Temples, Towers, Shifting Sands: “Greater Truth” in Historical Writing July 27, 2015
- State and Religion in the Formative Stage of Islam (7th–11th Centuries C.E.) July 27, 2015
- New Trends in the Political History of Iran Under the Great Saljuqs (11th–12th Centuries) July 27, 2015
- The Aims of Big History July 27, 2015
- Why do we join groups?
- Confirmation Bias, Satire, and Stephen Colbert
- Uprising in Egypt: Social Identity in Motion
- Hug me, Mom: Stroller or baby carrier?
- Ostracism and School Shootings: What's the Connection?
- Zero size model is not popular nor ideal anymore
- Helping Hands: Sharing Among Survivors
- Social communication and SHOUTING MATCHES
- If First You Don't Succeed, Prophesize Again: In the Face of Dissonant Followers, Camping Sticks to his Tune
Error: Twitter did not respond. Please wait a few minutes and refresh this page.