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Interpersonal relationships are social associations, connections, or affiliations between two or more people. They vary in differing levels of intimacy and sharing, implying the discovery or establishment of common ground, and may be centered around something(s) shared in common. The study of relationships is of concern to sociology, psychology and anthropology. The following list of topics is provided as an overview of and introduction to interpersonal relationships:


Essence of relationships Edit

Main article: Interpersonal relationship

Types of relationships Edit

Main article: Types of interpersonal relationships

History of relationships Edit

Main article: History of relationships

Basic relationship concepts Edit

AffinityAsexuality AttachmentBisexualityBride priceBrideservice BondingBoyfriendCasual relationshipCohabitationCourtshipDowryDivorceFriendshipFamilyGirlfriendHeterosexualityHomosexualityIncestJealousyLimerenceLoveMarriageMonogamyNREOpen marriagePaedophiliaPartnerPederastyPlatonic lovePolyamoryPolyandryPolygamyPolygynandryPolygynyProstitutionRapeRelationship rulesSexualitySeparationSwingingDomestic violenceWidowhood

Relationship scholars (alphabetical) Edit

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Relationship labs Edit

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Relationship books (alphabetical by title) Edit

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  • All the Happy Families: Exploring the Varieties of Family Life, by Paul Bohannan (1985). ISBN 0-07-006432-6
  • American Couples, by Philip Blumstein and Pepper Scwartz (1983). ISBN 0-688-03772-0
  • Anatomy of Love: The Natural History of Monogamy, Adultery, and Divorce, by Helen Fisher (1998). ISBN 0-7881-5821-X
  • Art of Loving, by Erich Fromm (1956). ISBN 0-06-095828-6
  • Attachment, by John Bowlby (reprinted 2000). ISBN 0-465-00543-8
  • Attachment Theory and Close Relationships, edited by Jeffry Simpson and Steven Rholes (1997). ISBN 1-57230-102-3
  • Becoming Attached: First Relationships and How They Shape Our Capacity to Love, by Robert Karen (reprinted 1998). ISBN 0-19-511501-5
  • Dangerous Passion: Why Jealousy is as Necessary as Love and Sex, by David Buss (2000). ISBN 0-7475-5360-2
  • Fighting for Your Marriage (New and Revised), by Howard Markman, Scott Stanley, and Susan Blumberg (2001). ISBN 0-7879-5744-5
  • I Do/I Don't: Queers on Marriage, edited by Greg Wharton and Ian Philips (2004). ISBN 0-9746388-7-0
  • Janus Report on Sexual Behavior, by Samuel Janus and Cynthia Janus (1994). ISBN 0-471-01614-4
  • Jealousy 3rd Edition, edited by Gordon Clanton and Lynn Smith (1997). ISBN 0-7618-0949-X
  • Jealousy: Theory, Research, and Clinical Strategies, by Gregory White and Paul Mullen (1992). ISBN 0-89862-532-7
  • Just Living Together: Implications of Cohabitation on Families, Children, and Social Policy, edited by Alan Booth and Ann Crouter (2002). ISBN 0-8058-3963-1
  • Lesbian Polyamory Reader: Open Relationships, Non-Monogamy, and Casual Sex, edited by Marcia Munson and Judith Stelboum (1999). ISBN 1-56023-120-3
  • Myth of Monogamy, by David Barash and Judith Lipton (reprinted 2002). ISBN 0-8050-7136-9
  • Natural History of Love, Revised and Updated, by Morton Hunt (1994). ISBN 0-385-47050-9
  • Open Marriage: A New Life Style for Couples, by Nena O'Neill and George O'Neill (reprinted 1984). ISBN 0-87131-438-X
  • Romantic Jealousy: Causes, Symptoms, Cures, by Ayala Malach Pines (1998). ISBN 0-415-92010-8
  • Same-Sex Marriage: Pro and Con, Revised and Updated, edited by Andrew Sullivan (2004). ISBN 1-4000-7866-0
  • Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide, by John Gottman and Nan Silver (2000). ISBN 0-609-80579-7
  • Sexual Behavior in the 1970s, by Morton Hunt (1974). ISBN 0-87223-393-6
  • Unmarried to Each Other: The Essential Guide to Living Together as an Unmarried Couple, by Dorian Solot and Marshall Miller (2002). ISBN 1-56924-566-5
  • What Is Marriage For? The Strange Social History of Our Most Intimate Institution, by E.J. Graff (2004). ISBN 0-8070-4135-1

Relationship lists Edit

Main article: List of relationship topics

See also Edit

Attachment Style Questionnaire (Online),

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