Ecological Aspects of Interpersonal Functioning

  • Irwin Altman


For several years, my colleagues and I have been studying the “social penetration process”, a term we use to encompass the events which take place as people develop and dissolve social bonds with others. We have addressed ourselves to such questions as: What is the behavioral course of development of an interpersonal relationship? Do the processes of self-disclosure, psychological accessibility and openness between people follow a systematic developmental history? How do such factors as personality, inter-personal compatibility, and environmental pressures slow down or accelerate the process?


Territorial Behavior Interpersonal Functioning Subjective Stress Human Social Behavior Isolation Period 
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