An interpersonal relationship is a strong, deep, or close association or acquaintance between two or more people that may range in duration from brief to enduring. The context can vary from family or kinship relations, friendship , marriage , relations with associates, work , clubs , neighborhoods , and places of worship. Relationships may be regulated by law , custom , or mutual agreement, and form the basis of social groups and of society as a whole. This association may be based on inference , [ further explanation needed ] love , solidarity , support, regular business interactions, or some other type of social connection or commitment. Interpersonal relationships thrive through equitable and reciprocal compromise , [ citation needed ] they form in the context of social, cultural and other influences.
Lesson #4: Developing Mature, Interpersonal, Virtual Relationships
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Student Development Theory. Chickering's Seven Vectors Arthur Chickering. Arthur Chickering's Seven Vectors theorize the "tasks" that students must go through while developing their identity. The first is developing competence. Chickering identifies three types of competence that college students develop, including intellectual, manual skills, and interpersonal competences. Intellectual competence specifically refers to the ability to understand, analyze, and synthesize. Manual competence refers to the ability to physically accomplish tasks, where interpersonal competence refers to working and establishing relationships with others.
Book: Psychology. These vectors of development must reach resolution for the student to achieve identity. The seven vectors posed by him are developing competence, managing emotions, moving through autonomy toward independence, developing mature interpersonal relationships, establishing identity, developing purpose, and developing integrity.
The development of mature, interpersonal relationships is constantly occurring online through social media networking sites. In this sense, autonomy may propel students as they travel through this Virtual Vector. Taking a Gestalt approach to managing emotions online, as well as developing interpersonal relationships, may be just what a student needs to help navigate and understand the impacts of the things they choose to post on the World Wide Web. This student-centered approach can help in focusing on the present, understand what is going on in their lives at this current time and place, as well as delve into meaningful experiences from their past and how they may be playing out here in the present. Gestalt Therapy is also known to be helpful in navigating issues related to anxiety, depression, self-esteem and even relationship difficulties Psychology Today, , and therefore would be an excellent theoretical lens to support digital identity development.