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RelationshipsRelationship is known as a relation between people. Relationship refers to a state of connection between people (especially an emotional connection) involving mutual dealings between people or parties. Thus, it mostly refers to connection by blood or marriage or adoption. Relationships include those with your family and personal relationships, whether they be good or bad, and with people of the same sex or the opposite sex.

We know relationships are a concept that can bring great happiness and sadness. However, relationship is one of those words often used, but taken for granted. We `know` what it means and know that relationships are important but difficult too. Though the most fundamental aspect of any relationship is cooperation and trust, however sometimes, we fail to understand, what is relationship in the context of human behavior. A relationship is a connection between two people in which some sort of exchange takes place. In other words, there is some sort of link between people - and it involves interaction. That connection may be something that we are born into, such as is the case with families, or it might arise out of a particular need.

A relationship may also be verbal, emotional, physical or intellectual, and is often all of these. It may include an exchange of ideas, skills, attitudes or values, or even the exchange of things - money, tools or food. Relationships `happen` at all times, in all places, in all parts of society, and in all phases of the development of individuals. We are involved in relationships all the time. It is worth making the distinction between interpersonal relationships and social relationships. Interpersonal relationships are social associations, connections, or affiliations between two or more people. They vary in differing levels of intimacy and sharing and may be centered on something shared in common.

Interpersonal relationships also include those with your family and personal relationships, whether they be good or bad, and with people of the same sex or the opposite sex.
Families can include:
Grandparents, uncles and aunts and other relations
Foster parents, step-parents, step-children, or only one parent
Two parents living separately
Parents who have chosen to marry or those who have not
Parents of the same sex bringing up children.

In contrast, social relationships are those where there is no romantic liaisons involved. They are all those relationships leaving apart the romantic ones. Thus, here the relationships are mostly the formal ones like the ones between a customer-client, teacher-student, doctor-patient and buyer-seller relationship.

While the many possible interpersonal relationships have similarities, each has its special features and purpose. The purpose will largely determine its nature and qualities. For instance, the purpose of parent-child and the caseworker-client relationships immediately suggest many differences. For instance, the relationship between teacher-pupil is temporary; friend-friend may be temporary or permanent; the parent-child relationship is forever.

Relationship is a catalyst, an enabling activity in the support, nurturing and freeing of people`s energies and motivations toward solving problems and using help. It is an emotional bond that unites two (or more) people around some shared concern is charged with enabling, simplifying powers. In an increasing anemic and depersonalized world, there may be potential humanizing value in even brief and task-focused encounters between one person and another. An understanding, emphatic relationship contributes to a person`s sense of inner security and alliance with their peers. The fact that someone is prepared to `share` our worries and concerns, to be with us when we are working at something can be very significant. It can reduce the feeling that we are alone and that the tasks we face are so huge. Their pleasure in our achievements or concern for our hurt can motivate us to act. Crucially, their valuing of us as people can help us to discover the worth in ourselves, and the belief that we can change things. Relationships can animate, breathe life into situations.

Being in relationship allows us to flourish. It involves an emotional connection with another and can animate us. Relationship is a human being`s feeling or sense of emotional bonding with another. It leaps into being like an electric current, or it emerges and develops cautiously when emotion is aroused by and invested in someone or something and that someone or something "connects back" responsively. We feel "related" when we feel at one with another person in some heartfelt way.

Relationships are obviously not all that we need. It is not at all a substitute for the opportunities and material things people need in order to flourish. But it is an essential accompanying condition, because it is the nourishment of the human being`s wish and will to use the resources provided and the powers within himself to fulfil his personal and social-well-being.

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