In chapter 7, Corey, Corey, and Muratori (2018) discuss several qualities of meaningful relationships. The first quality they mention references the need for the people involved in a relationship to retain an individual sense of self — an identity separate from the partner’s and the relationship. As you continue to explore the other qualities that the authors note, you’ll discover that this first quality can definitely impact the others! In other words, if one becomes “lost” in a relationship, resigning over his/her own wants and needs and attaching identity and self-worth to the relationship instead, the other qualities mentioned that contribute to meaningfulness in a relationship will likely be difficult (if not impossible) to attain.
In this video, Dr. Susan Fletcher discusses the loss of personal identity in a relationship: How to Not Lose Your Identity in a Relationship (Links to an external site.)
For your initial post this week, discuss the three relationship models that Dr. Fletcher explains in the video. If you can think of any, provide examples of couples in popular media (film, television, books, etc.) who appear to demonstrate aspects of Model A and Model B. Also, discuss why separateness is key to togetherness and any measures you believe would be helpful for a person to utilize in order to avoid losing individual identity in a relationship.
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