Interpersonal relationship in Hospital settings:
What is Interpersonal relationship?
relationship is a strong, deep, or close association or acquaintance between
two or more people that may range in duration from brief to enduring. This
association may be based on inference, love, solidarity, regular business
interactions, or some other type of social commitment. Interpersonal
relationships are formed in the context of social, cultural and other
influences. The context can vary from family or kinship relations, friendship,
marriage, relations with associates, work, clubs, neighborhoods, and places of
worship. They may be regulated by law, custom, or mutual agreement, and are the
basis of social groups and society as a whole.
The study of
interpersonal relationships involves several branches of the social sciences,
including such disciplines as sociology, psychology, anthropology, and social
work. Interpersonal skills are extremely vital when trying to develop a
relationship with another person. The scientific study of relationships evolved
during the 1990s and came to be referred to as 'relationship science, which
distinguishes itself from anecdotal evidence or pseudo‐experts by basing conclusions on data and objective
analysis. Interpersonal ties are also a subject in mathematical sociology.
relationships are dynamic systems that change continuously during their
existence. Like living organisms, relationships have a beginning, a lifespan,
and an end. They tend to grow and improve gradually, as people get to know each
other and become closer emotionally, or they gradually deteriorate as people
drift apart, move on with their lives and form new relationships with others.
use the various terms "flourishing, budding, blooming, blossoming
relationships" to describe interpersonal relationships that are not merely
happy, but instead characterized by intimacy, growth, and resilience.
Flourishing relationships also allow a dynamic balance between focus on the
intimate relationships and focus on other social relationships.
Individuals in an
interpersonal relationship must share common goals and objectives. They should
have more or less similar interests and think on the same lines. It is always
better if individuals come from similar backgrounds.
Individuals in an
interpersonal relationship must respect each other’s views and opinions. A
sense of trust is important.
Individuals must be
attached to each other for a healthy interpersonal relationship.
Transparency plays a
pivotal role in interpersonal relationship. It is important for an individual
to be honest and transparent.
A list of Interpersonal Skills includes:
Verbal Communication ‐ What we say and how we say it.
‐ What we communicate without words, body language is
Listening Skills ‐ How we interpret both the verbal and non‐verbal messages sent by others.
Negotiation ‐ Working with others to find a mutually agreeable
Problem Solving ‐ Working with others to identify, define and solve
Making – Exploring and
analyzing options to make sound decisions.
Communicating our values, ideas, beliefs, opinions, needs and wants freely.
Forms of Interpersonal relationship
relationship can develop between any of the following:
working together in the same organization.
in the same team.
between a man and a woman (Love, Marriage).
with immediate family members and relatives.
a child with his parents.