Interpersonal relationships exist and always occur when there is a relationship between two or more people who interact and satisfy one or more physical or emotional needs. According to a 2010 article in Time magazine, challenges in life can be less daunting for people with close interpersonal relationships.  The magazine notes that close emotional connections and relationships can provide a sense of security that reduces stress and promotes good health.

What are they

Interpersonal relationships is the nature of the interaction that occurs between two or more people. People in an interpersonal relationship can interact openly, covertly, face to face, or even anonymously.

As we have pointed out above, interpersonal relationships occur between people who satisfy in some way the explicit or implicit physical or emotional needs of each one. Your interpersonal relationships can occur with friends, family, co-workers, strangers, chat room participants, doctors, or clients. There are different types of interpersonal relationships that we will discuss below.

Strong interpersonal relationships

There are strong interpersonal relationships between people that meet many of the emotional and physical needs of each. For example, a mother may have strong interpersonal relationships with her children , because she provides shelter, food, love, and acceptance for her child. 

The number of needs that a mother meets is greater than the number of needs that are satisfied, for example, another person in the child’s life who is not so important in his life.

Weak interpersonal relationships

Mild or weak interpersonal relationships exist when people meet modest needs. For example, if the degree of your relationship with the grocery store clerk is that he scans his items and you give him money, that is a weak interpersonal relationship. You have to go through him to get your items in the store, and he needs to charge you to do his job so you don’t leave without paying for what you want to buy.

Improve interpersonal relationships

Interpersonal relationships occur between people who meet the needs of others in some way. Needs that occur between married couples include for example: affection, sexual fulfillment, love , physical attractiveness, and conversation. 

You can control the strength of your interpersonal relationships by acting or neglecting them to act on the needs of the people you interact with. For example, find out what your partner expects of you on birthdays or other special occasions in order to meet those emotional needs .  You can improve or weaken the relationship by either meeting those needs or neglecting to fill them …

Problems in interpersonal relationships

Interpersonal relationships become problematic when one or more of the participants have needs that are not met within the relationship. Someone who wants to end a relationship may intentionally neglect the other person’s needs, but sometimes they need a change, and people can’t keep up with those changes. 

For example, a spoiled child may have a strong relationship with his parents only when his needs are met, but problems arise when the child does not get the toy he wants or the whim he wants fulfilled. A mother may try to meet the safety needs of her child by warning her about her desire to travel, although her need for safety may not be as strong as her need for freedom and exploration … so she will not let him make that trip though. want to make it your child.

The interpersonal relationships we have are what define us as people . The identity that is formed in us has a lot to do with how we relate and get along with the people around us. Depending on how we relate to people, this is how we will show how we are in the world.

Elle Mcdonald

I am Elle Mcdonald Specializations in Psychology . Graduated in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Diploma of Advanced Studies in the Department of Personality, Evaluation and psychological treatments with excellent results.

First Level of Master in Clinical Psychology at the Center for Behavioral Therapists (recognized with a scientific-professional nature by the College of Psychologists)

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