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Interpersonal Relationships Self-Assessment

The Interpersonal Relationship Assessment is a tool meant to help you understand areas of concern to address in your interpersonal and social relationships with others. Please discuss scores and concerns with your Wellness Pro for further guidance. You can see the assessment results and make personal goals in the Overt App.

 

Interpersonal Relationships

Interpersonal relationships are the social connections or associations that people form with each other. They can range from casual acquaintances to intimate partners, and they can involve different levels of closeness, trust, and commitment. Interpersonal relationships are important for human well-being, as they provide support, companionship, and belonging. They also influence how people think, feel, and behave in various situations.

Interpersonal relationships can be classified into four main types: family, work, romantic, and friend. Family relationships are the bonds that people share with their relatives, such as parents, siblings, children, and grandparents. Work relationships are the interactions that people have with their colleagues, supervisors, clients, and customers. Romantic relationships are the partnerships that people form with their lovers, spouses, or significant others. Friend relationships are the ties that people establish with their peers, classmates, neighbors, or hobbyists.

Interpersonal relationships go through different stages of development, from initiating to coming apart. Initiating is the stage where people first meet and make contact with each other. Experimenting is the stage where people exchange information and try to find common interests. Intensifying is the stage where people increase their intimacy and express their feelings. Integrating is the stage where people merge their identities and form a strong bond. Bonding is the stage where people make a formal commitment to each other, such as marriage or partnership. Differentiating is the stage where people start to notice and emphasize their differences. Circumscribing is the stage where people reduce their communication and interaction. Stagnating is the stage where people feel stuck and dissatisfied with their relationship. Avoiding is the stage where people distance themselves physically and emotionally. Terminating is the stage where people end their relationship and separate.

Interpersonal relationships require certain skills and abilities to be healthy and satisfying. Some of the skills that are essential for interpersonal relationships are communication, listening, empathy, respect, trust, and conflict resolution. Communication is the skill of expressing oneself clearly and effectively, and understanding the messages of others. Listening is the skill of paying attention and showing interest in what others say. Empathy is the skill of feeling and sharing the emotions of others. Respect is the skill of treating others with dignity and courtesy. Trust is the skill of believing in the honesty and reliability of others. Conflict resolution is the skill of managing and resolving disagreements in a constructive way.

 

Interpreting your self-assessment:

Compare your score for the Overt app to the scoring below to determine if you might be struggling with your interpersonal relationships.

35-80: Strong relationship with minimal concerns.

81-120: Indicates stronger relationship with minimal problems working through conflict. Some guidance may be helpful to recognize strengths and specific areas to work on.

121-160: Mild to moderate problems with communication and conflict. May need guidance on strategies to work through conflict and communicate effectively.

161-210: Moderate to severe problems with communication and working through conflict. The relationship will need guidance and specific focus to problems in the relationship that can be repaired.

 

 

(1) Interpersonal relationship – Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interpersonal_relationship.
(2) Interpersonal Relationships: Tips for How to Maintain Them – Verywell Mind. https://www.verywellmind.com/how-to-maintain-interpersonal-relationships-5204856.
(3) Interpersonal Relationships: Definition, Types, Stages And Skills. https://selfcarefundamentals.com/interpersonal-relationships/.

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