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A relation is a logical or natural association between two or more things; relevance of one to another; connection. --American Heritage Dictionary, May 2004

Interpersonal relationship

An interpersonal relationship is some relationship or connection between two people.

Types of relationships

Related: marriage - romance - mistress - love - infidelity

Establishment of common ground between parties, although fundamental to an interpersonal relationship, does not connote a timeless relationship, and might even disappear over time. Thus common ground must be maintained, in this case, for a relationship to endure.

A friend of a friend of someone may be a friend of the latter person -- there is some transitivity. However, if two people have a sexual relationship with the same person, they may be competitors rather than friends. Accordingly, sexual behavior with the sexual partner of a friend may damage the friendship.

In intimate relationships there is often, but not always, an implicit or explicit agreement that the partners will not have sex with someone else. The extent to which physical intimacy with other people is accepted may vary. For example, a man may accept more physical intimacy between his wife and a female friend of her than if it is a male friend (see also jealousy).

The rise of popular psychology has led to an explosion of concern about one's interpersonal relationships (often simply called: "relationships"). Intimate relationships receive particular attention in this context, but sociology recognises many other interpersonal links of greater or less duration and/or significance.

Relationships are not necessarily healthy. Examples include abusive relationships and co-dependency. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_relationship [Nov 2004]

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