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SCI 162 Wk 6 Assignment; Healthy Interpersonal Relationships Worksheet (AppendiX F)




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Appendix F
Healthy Interpersonal Relationships Worksheet
Use your textbook to answer the following questions. You are not required to respond in essay format.
You may use short-answer responses, including lists, to answer these questions.
1.What are the characteristics of intimate relationships? What are behavioral interdependence,
need fulfillment, emotional attachment, and emotional availability? Why is each important in
relationship development?
A. Four characteristics of intimate relationships
1. Behavioral interdependence
2. Need fulfillment
3. Emotional attachment
4. Emotional availability
B. Definitions of the four characteristics
1. Behavioral interdependence having an influence over what the other person may or may not
do or say which may intensify over time
2. Need fulfillment having someone that fulfills the needs of nurturing, being there in a time of
need, our social lives, being able to express our feelings, and confirm that we are important not
only to them but in life in general
3. Emotional attachment two people being able to share everything in life, spiritually, our
beliefs, life’s decisions, etc. and not necessarily sexual.
4. Emotional availability being able to be there without fear of rejection, hurt , pain etc.
C. All of these components are not only important , but necessary in a relationship in order to
maintain and have a healthy and meaningful connection to another person. This is true even in
2. What problems might form barriers to intimacy? What actions can you take to reduce or remove
these barriers?
Some barriers in forming intimate relationships can be fear of rejection, fear of being hurt, the ability
for you to be there 100% of the time for them, truly hearing what they are saying, and being able to
convey what you think and want. Ways of reducing these are quite simple. Treat them as you would
want to be treated, and they will normally return it tenfold. Also, do not live in the past, start each
day as a new one and a new adventure. The person you are trying to obtain intimacy with, is not the
one that hurt you. Most of all, demand respect and give it back.
3. What are the common elements of healthy relationships? What are some common warning signs
of trouble? What actions can you take to improve your own interpersonal relationships?
The common elements in a healthy relationship are trust, accountability, self-nurturance and
communication. Some warning signs of an unhealthy relationship are lack of communication, the
inability of one of you to share or listen, creating distance between you, lack of physical attention,
and many others. In order to for me to improve my own interpersonal relationships, I would have to

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say that I could be more open about how I am feeling, and more so, when I do , to think about what
I am going to say and how I am going to say it, in order for the other person to really hear me.
4. Why is social support important to an individual’s health and wellness? What type of social
support do you have that has positively affected your health and wellness?
Social support is important because we all want to know that we are loved, wanted and that what
we do, say , feel, etc. is important to them. We all need validation from those closest to us. My
close friends and immediate family are my support system. They truly care about me, who I am,
what I am doing and where I am going. I could not ask for better support.

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