The Best of Times, the Worst of Times: The Place of Close Relationships in Psychology and Our Daily Lives

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Daniel "Dan" Perlman, Professor and Chair (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This article examines the place of relationships in our daily lives and in the field of psychology. The first section of the article offers reasons why relationships are central for humans. Next, the place of relationships in the history, institutional aspects, and subfields of psychology is presented. Then a paradox about relationships is presented: They are both among the most positive, uplifting of life's experiences and yet they can also be among life's darkest aspects. Despite the negative aspects of relationships, most people are very happy in their intimate relations. The paper ends with possible explanations for why satisfaction may be so high.

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Language: English
Date: 2007
Social Psychology, Happiness, Daily Life, Intimate Relationships, Relationship Satisfaction, Institutional Aspects

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