Relational Stages

Relational Stages

Relational Stages

Please answer these questions based on one of your relationships after reading Chapter 9 of your text.

1. Drawing from the example of one of your relationships, do you think you are likely to remain at your present stage, or do you anticipate movement to another stage?

2. Because both parties define a relationship, define your partner’s perspective. Would she or he say that the relationship is in the same stage as you described? If not, explain how your partner would describe it.

3. Consider a relationship (friendship or romance) you have been in that has terminated. How well does the Knapp model describe the development and decline of that relationship? If the model doesn’t match, develop a new model to illustrate your relationship’s pattern.

4. How might understanding Knapp’s model affect the development of your future relationships?

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