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Close EncountersPublisher:  SAGE Publications, Inc Print ISBN: 9781544349220, 154434922X

By: Laura K. Guerrero; Peter A. Andersen; Walid A. Afifi

  • Print ISBN: 9781544349220, 154434922X
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Discussion Questions Ch 8

 1.  Take a look at the Figures 8.2 and 8.3. Ten years from now do you think that couples will meet in similar ways, or do you think trends are still changing? Explain your reasoning. Do you think the shift to more people meeting online is a good or bad thing? Why?

 2.  What love styles and love languages do you think characterize most relationships today? Which style and love language do you fit best and why?

 3. According to attachment theory, parent-child communication forms the basis for personality development, including the capacity to have close, intimate adult relationships with others. To what extent do you agree or disagree that early communication with parents shapes a person's life? What other events and interactions have shaped your attachment style?

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a. Ten years from now do you think that couples will meet in similar ways, or do you think trends are still changing? Explain your reasoning. 

Future trends will surely emerge as we keep pace with innovative technological advancements. Artificial intelligence can utilize its programmed algorithm to find their perfect match and make lives convenient and hassle-free to everyone. For instance, dating can be done in realistic face to face interaction using the extraordinary features of social media platforms such as holograms that are available to all users. In other words, anything is possible with hard work and determination of globally competent technology experts. 

b. Do you think the shift to more people meeting online is a good or bad thing? Why?

Indeed, it is a good thing because we're given a privilege to connect with people and establish relationships in a convenient manner; however, there are still some drawbacks that we need to take into consideration. We must be cautious in trusting people online as a result of fake personas and must know how to discern a suspicious person to avoid any unfortunate occurrences. That being said, let's use the improved technology to build a sense of solidarity within the online community. 

 

2. 

a.  What love styles and love languages do you think characterize most relationships today?

At the present juncture, the vast majority of people, especially "millennials", meet their partners within the online community. They build harmonious relationships by exchanging messages with one another using dating apps. Most likely, their love languages are words of affirmation, quality time, and gifts.  

b. Which style and love language do you fit best and why?

In my view, quality time is my style and love language because it allows us to spend time and do things together, which strengthen the foundation of our relationship. Moreover, it helps us discover something new about the partner and know them even better.  

 

3. 

a. To what extent do you agree or disagree that early communication with parents shapes a person's life? 

I definitely agree with the concept our early communication with parents. The upbringing of an individual is a major factor that helps a person attain his maximum potential personal growth and pursuits. In addition, If a person has a harmonious relationship with his family, it is most likely that this person would have a stable frame of mind that can help him build intimate relationships and set intentions to achieve his life goals and find his purpose. 

b. What other events and interactions have shaped your attachment style?

In a nutshell, life-changing experiences with relevant people shaped my attachment style and allowed me to focus on intrinsic rewards such as a sense of fulfillment rather than external validations. There was an instance when I wanted to achieve something, but unfortunately, my friends didn't support me all the way. I didn't get easily attached to them and didn't see them as a hindrance but a stepping stone to success. As long as I have my family and myself, I can do and achieve anything with perseverance and pure intentions. 

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