How to Make Your Close Relationship Closer

Many people think of intimacy when they think of “close” relationships, but there are important distinctions between being close to someone and being intimate. A close relationship is built on the characteristic of interdependence, whereas an intimate relationship includes closeness as well as a physical or sexual bond. In this way, people can be close to their coworkers or friends without being intimate with them. Psychologist Jayson Dibble from the University of Hawaii created a measure to assess the quality of close relationships along three dimensions: cognitive, emotional, and behavioral interdependence. The uniqueness of Dibble’s approach is in how it focuses on how a person feels about the relationship.


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