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1 Instructor: Teaching Assistant Benjamin Karney Franz Hall 4560 Psychology 137C: Intimate Relationships Week 1, Lecture 1: IntroductionInstructor:Benjamin KarneyFranz Hall 4560Office hours: Wed & Fri, 2:00-3:00Teaching AssistantNatalie CastriottaFranz Hall A-243COffice hours: Wed. & Fri., 1:00-2:00
2 The Smartest Man in the World? Albert Einstein(March 14, 1879 – April 18, 1955)
3 Einstein and Wife, 1911Albert Einstein with Mileva Maric
4 Einstein and 2nd Wife, 1922Albert Einstein with his second wife, Elsa Einstein
5 The Power of Intimate Relationships Who cares about intimate relationships?(Hint: Everyone.)Intimate Relationships and Happiness
6 Overall happiness in life MarriageHealthHobbiesFinancesWorkCommunityFriendshipsFamily0.140.160.210.190.200.290.410.25Glenn, N.D., & Weaver, C.N. (1981). The contribution of marital happiness to global happiness. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 43, , Table 1 .
7 The Goals of this Course After this course you should have:Understanding of what scientists have learned about intimacy and intimate relationships.Appreciation for the complexity involved in acquiring this knowledge.Information to inform your opinion on current controversies and issues related to relationships.
8 What Makes A Relationship? InterdependenceDimensions of Interdependence1. frequency of contact2. duration of contact3. diversity of different interactions4. direction of influence (uni or bidirectional)5. strength of influence
9 What Makes A Close Relationship? "The close relationship is one of strong, frequent, and diverse interdependence that lasts over a considerable period of time." (Kelley et al, 1983, p. 38)
10 What Makes An Intimate Relationship? Recognizing the partner as special and unique; this is a personal relationship.Desire, especially lust and sexual desire.Is physical intimacy by itself intimacy?Are intimate relationships the same as romantic relationships?
11 Why Intimate Relationships Matter Intimate relationships are universal.Fisher, 1989Jankowiak & Fischer, 1992Intimate relationships are powerful.Highest highsLowest lowsIntimate relationships affect our health.Coan, Schaefer, & Davidson, 2006Coyne et al., 2001
12 What Do We Want To Know About Intimate Relationships? The Longevity Question
18 Course Materials Text Video clips Lecture slides Announcements Intimate Relationships by Bradbury and KarneyFamilies As They Really Are edited by Barbara RismanBoth books available as a bundle at the UCLA BookstoreCopies are on reserve at Powell LibraryVideo clipsLecture slidesAnnouncementsMake sure BOL has your correct
19 Special extra credit option: Copy edit our book! Course GradingExam 1: April 30th 30%50 multiple choice questionsPaper: Due May 19th 30%Pick a topic of interest to you!Exam 2: June 4th 40%Not cumulative.Special extra credit option: Copy edit our book!
20 Comment on ExamsSample questions will be circulated before the midterm exam.Review sessions will be announced before both exams.No make-ups.If you have too many exams on April 30th and June 4th, change your courses now.
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