Types of relationships
Humans are essentially social beings. As countless novels, films, songs, plays and poems testify, our ultimate happiness and despair is founded in relationships. Satisfaction at work, at play and in family life depends largely on the quality of our friendships and loves. In a national survey, Campbell et al. (1976) found that most people consider it more important to have good friends and a happy family life than to have financial security. When Klinger (1977) posed the question ‘What is it that makes your life meaningful?’, almost all respondents mentioned being loved and wanted.