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Interpersonal Stress

1. Nothing is more stressful than a miserable relationship and nothing can be more satisfying than a loving relationship. Briefly discuss Carl Rogers "5 Characteristics of all Successful Relationships".
2. List the 10 steps or principles necessary to deal with difficult people.
3. Consider your family and its patterns of behavior. What can be done to improve your family's happiness and effectiveness?

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Interpersonal Stress

1. Nothing is more stressful than a miserable relationship and nothing can be more satisfying than a loving relationship. Briefly discuss Carl Rogers "5 Characteristics of all Successful Relationships."

Carl Rogers' characteristics of successful relationships is based on the "person-centered theory of personality" where the self, self-actualization, and awareness are of utmost importance. In other words, it takes two to tango. No one that is self-actualized and aware of themselves would be in a miserable relationship. Usually those whom are of right mind would be attracted to someone in a similar state, and thus be involved in a loving relationship. According to Sir Issac Newton's concept of gravitation, which was expanded on by HRH Joie, everything "attracts." Water in the shower "attracts" mold or mildew; bees attract flowers; and everything else in nature gravitates whatever they energy they emit. In other words, like attracts like; and a self-actualized, loving person will gravitate unto themselves, a similar match. Whereas, in terms of "misery loves company," whomever is in that state of mind or in a "victimhood" mentality, will gravitate the same.

According to Carl Rogers, "People are aware of both their self-concept and their ideal self, although awareness need not be accurate or at a high level. Rogers saw people as having experiences on three levels of awareness: (1) those that are symbolized below the threshold of awareness and are either ignored or denied, that is, subceived, or not allowed into the self-concept; (2) those that are distorted or reshaped to fit it into an existing self-concept; and (3) those that are consistent ...

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Interpersonal stress is examined. What can be done to improve your family's happiness and effectiveness is determined.

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