Dating relationships and friendships are the
Why is it that when bad things happen, we frequently want to talk to our friends or family about the situation?
Though these are difficult questions to answer because relationships are complicated and unique, this module will examine how relationships begin; the impact of technology on relationships; and why coworkers, acquaintances, friends, family, and intimate partners are so important in our lives. Or decide that the friend of a friend was not likable?
Friendship and love, and more broadly, the relationships that people cultivate in their lives, are some of the most valuable treasures a person can own.
This module explores ways in which we try to understand how friendships form, what attracts one person to another, and how love develops.
We also tend to feel safe with familiar people, as it is likely we know what to expect from them. Robert Zajonc (1968) labeled this phenomenon the mere-exposure effect.
More specifically, he argued that the more often we are exposed to a stimulus (e.g., sound, person) the more likely we are to view that stimulus positively.
It is those relationships that give a person meaning in their life.