Chapter Outline

Characterizing Relationships

  • The Importance of Relationships
  • Relationships and the Sense of Self
  • Different Ways of Relating to Others
  • Attachment Styles


  • Proximity
  • Similarity
  • Physical Attractiveness
  • Sex Differences in Mate Preferences

Romantic Relationships

  • What Is Love?
  • An Investment Model of Romantic Satisfaction
  • Marital Dissatisfaction
  • Creating Stronger Romantic Bonds
  • Love and Marriage in Other Cultures (Most of Them, in Fact)