The Experimental Generation Of Interpersonal Closeness, By Dr. Aron

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People, drawn together by common aid and companionship, rely on one another for the guidance and love needed to survive. Whether platonic or romantic, people partake in the endeavor for emotional closeness to experience genuine and fulfilling relationships. In one psychological study by Dr. Aron titled “The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness,” emotional intimacy is produced through a series of 36 questions. These questions are divided into three sets of 12, with each set containing questions deeper and more probing than the set before. With the full knowledge of their freedom to disclose as much as they want to, participants alternate taking turns answering every question. Through this set of 36 questions, people become active participants in their own lives, committed to discovering the both other person and themselves. When applied to settings outside the lab, these questions can foster a sense of community among people. Thus, only by choosing to be open with others and deliberately creating emotional intimacy can authentic relationships be fostered. As shown from Dr. Aron’s study, and contrary to popular beliefs, emotional intimacy can be created in a clinical setting. The 36 questions are are intended to be used as a method, albeit artificial, for psychologists to construct a form of genuine closeness in a laboratory setting. This article claims that “one key pattern associated with the development of close relationship among peers is sustained,…

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