Components and effects of relationships
We are all involved in relationships of one sort or another, and perhaps it is because of this that we are fascinated by what happens within them, especially with regard to sexual relationships. There are a very large number of aspects that can be investigated, and in this chapter we will take a brief look at some of these. We will begin by considering the processes by which people’s knowledge of each other deepens, then at the unspoken rules that govern the way people behave towards one another and consider the distribution of power within relationships. Finally we will look at the effects of relationships on our health and happiness.