International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy
  

Volume 19 Num. 2 - May 2019

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Interpersonal Closeness and Conflict in Interbehavioral Perspective

Volume 19 Num. 2 - May 2019 - Pages 131-140

Authors:

Mitch J Fryling , Linda J Hayes

Abstract:

Volume 19, 2, 2019. To be published June 1st 2019

This paper presents an interbehavioral conceptualization of interpersonal relationships, emphasizing both interpersonal closeness and conflict. In doing so, processes of association and subsequent substitution of stimulus function are described, setting the foundation for an analysis of how relationships are formed from an interbehavioral perspective. Specific attention is given to factors that impact intimacy and closeness in relationships, especially ways in which closeness may be fostered and conflict made more likely. The topic of communication is addressed, and possible therapeutic targets are highlighted from a novel conceptual context. The analysis is contrasted with more traditional ways of thinking, including more common behavior analytic perspectives. The implications of adopting the proposed interbehavioral conceptualization are provided.

How to cite this paper: Fryling MJ & Hayes LJ (2019). Interpersonal Closeness and Conflict in Interbehavioral Perspective. International Journal of Psychology & Psychological Therapy, 19, 2, 131-140.

THIS PAPER WILL BE AVAILABLE IN OPEN ACCESS on June 1st, 2019

Key words:

conflict, interbehaviorism, interpersonal closeness, intimacy, relationships

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