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Positive Psychology of Love$
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M. Hojjat and Duncan Cramer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199791064

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791064.001.0001

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Intimacy and Positive Psychology

Intimacy and Positive Psychology

(p.16) 2 Intimacy and Positive Psychology
Positive Psychology of Love

Karen J. Prager

Forouz K. Shirvani

Jennifer J. Garcia

Minnotis Coles

Oxford University Press

The chapter offers an interactional definition of intimacy, and touches on the voluminous literature that demonstrates intimacy’s salubrious effects on individuals and their relationships. Beginning with the individual, it reveals the important short-term benefits of intimate interactions with a caring partner. It continues with brief reviews of intimacy’s effects on individual health and well-being, positive emotion, and self-esteem. Within the close relationship, intimacy is associated with satisfaction, security, and stability, and there are new findings indicating that intimacy prevents divorce, even in the presence of frequent marital conflict. It next reveals the impact of positive individual characteristics on intimate relating both concurrently and longitudinally. It concludes with an exploration of gender-related patterns in intimate relating.

Keywords:   intimacy, closeness, well-being, gender, self-disclosure

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