Typically, one person (or each person) is bent on having his or her own way.
Coursework in this area concentrates on the study of relationships—those familial, personal, social, and workplace bonds of which everyday life is comprised.View Interpersonal Communication & Relationships faculty » Doctoral students are encouraged to take 3 courses each semester, drawing upon coursework in Interpersonal Communication & Relationships, as well as relevant coursework from the other two specializations in the department and from courses in cognate departments (including but not limited to Anthropology, Community & Behavioral Health, Education, Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology).John Gottman (1994) is one of the nation's leading researchers and practitioners regarding why marriages are successful or unsuccessful.He and his colleagues have pinpointed nine skills that, if learned, can help couples communicate more effectively.How we interact about issues such as time spent together/apart, money, health, gender differences, children, family, friends, commitment, trust, and intimacy affects our ability to develop and maintain lasting marital friendships.
If learned well, these nine skills can help put our relationships on a positive trajectory for success.
Even if one partner feels completely justified in his/her actions, becoming defensive will only add to the couple's problems.
Withdrawing from interactions and refusing to communicate at all.
Spending time apart participating in other activities also influences the well-being of our relationships. How we think and talk about money, our spending habits, and our ability to budget, invest, and plan for the future impact couple financial management processes and practices. Couples must talk about many health-related issues, including nutrition, exercise, illness, disease, accidents, health care, mortality, and death. Because men tend to be more task-oriented in their communication styles and women tend to be more process-oriented, men tend to want to solve issues immediately, while women tend to want to talk about them more and come to a consensus about what should be done. How children develop physically, socially, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually are often topics of discussion.
Focusing on the best ways to consistently meet children's needs is considered being child-centered. Couples often talk about situations and circumstances surrounding the interactions they have with their closest relationships. How we "hang in there" and contribute to our marital friendship, even when things aren't going particularly well, is a sign of how committed we are to our relationship.
Loyalty and fidelity are aspects of commitment and trust. Trusting relationships are relationships in which both partners are dependable, available to support each other, and responsive to each other's needs.