intimacy in relational communication
08 Jun 2015 04:06 #7502
Intimacy in Relational Communication
Today I want to talk about intimacy in relational communication. People who report having satisfying intimate relationships have higher self-esteem, a stronger sense of identity, and greater feelings of control over their life than those without close relationships. Actually, there are some differences between masculine and feminine intimacy styles.
Until recently, most social scientists believed that women are better than men at developing and maintaining intimate relationships. Most research does show that women are somewhat more willing than men to share their thoughts and feelings. As for me, I would like to share my feelings with my family and friends. Sometimes I have something that make me disturb I would talk to my friends to ask for their suggestions. Talking to my best friends make me feel better. At the same time, I am also a good listener when my friends have something to express. I can always comfort them in an appropriate way. This kind of communicational style can shorten our distance. But my brother is totally different from me. He never shares his feelings with family. Once I saw he feeling upset and I asked him for reasons. He just told me he can solve the problem on his own, and told me do not worry about him.
Second, there are some cultural influences on intimacy. As Chinese, I would like to go shopping with my good friend arm in arm. It is an expression that we have a very close relationship. But when I came to the United States, some of friends told me that it was so strange when they saw we arm in arm. But it was a common behavior in China.
In conclusion, I think people should share feelings with others. If we do not express our thoughts it may cause some conflicts and misunderstandings. To share our emotion can shorten the interpersonal distance.
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