Major Differences In Close Friendships And Romantic Relationships

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In this time, I am going to consider that major differences in Close friendships and romantic relationships. I think that there are major differences in-between those relationships. There is one of the best-known models of relational stages. It’s Knapp’s relational ship stages. It shows ten stages fit into this three-phase view of relational communication. And then this model seems most appropriate for describing communication between romantic partners. Firstly, I would like to discuss the differences at “initiating” stage in the model. I think that it has big differences when I talk the differences between close friendships and romantic relationships. The differences are feelings and views to the person that you fall in love at first sight …show more content…
Intimacy is a state of “close union, contact, association and acquaintance” according to our textbook, and then researches asked several hundred college students to identify their most intimate relationships and the answer were almost half (47%) identified a romantic partner then, about one-third (36%) chose a friendship. (p.278) In this research, it doesn’t look like having big differences between those relationships. However, half of respondents of college students identified a romantic partner, in other words, it would show that a lot of them feel intimate when they are with their partner. Now I am going to look at dimensions of intimacy. Intimacy has mainly four dimensions: physical, intellectual, emotional and shared activities. Aside from physical intimacy, at first about intellectual dimension, I think this dimension works much for close friendships than romantic relationships because most of men and women are not willing to talk about intellectual things such as important ideas which look boring with their partner. So, in my case, I don’t talk about intellectual things a lot with my partner however in the case of talking with my men friends even if with women friends I like to talk about intellectual things with them. Our text book shows that “when people engage another person in an exchange of important ideas, a kind of closeness develops that can be powerful and exciting.” (p.278). On the other hand, about emotional dimension, this dimension would work much for romantic relationships than close friendships. I think that a lot of men don’t talk about emotional things such as important feelings and personal information to their men’s friends. Actually, in my case, I would take that to my family and partner. However, female-female friend’s relationships about that are different from male-male relationships. Because, recently, most

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