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Adult DevelopmentCognitive Aspects of Thriving Close Relationships$
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Jan D. Sinnott

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199892815

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892815.001.0001

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Cognition and Fundamental Complex Relationship Skills

Cognition and Fundamental Complex Relationship Skills

Theory-Limited Nonclinical Literature Related to Cognitive Factors in Intimate Relationships

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Adult Development

Jan D. Sinnott

Oxford University Press

In general, psychological topics within the intimate relationship literature that are chosen for study tend to be within four general research areas. The first, relationship processes, deals with emotion, attraction, social cognition, communication, and interdependency. The second, relationship challenges, deals with stresses, power, conflict, and interventions. The third, relationship development, deals with attachment, friendship, love, commitment, maintenance, and changes over time. The fourth deals with biological underpinnings of intimate relationships. Clinical studies of cognitive-behavioral interventions and family systems approaches focus on changing thinking to change behavior. Although there are cognitive processes implied in these research topic areas, relationship conceptual processes are seldom studied in relation to intimate relationships. Because relationships are complex self-constructing systems closely linking two individuals’ cognition-related circles, complex cognitive problem-solving is important to understand.

Keywords:   self-constructing systems, relationship literature, conceptual processes, relationship processes, problem-solving

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