Assignment on Interpersonal Relationship- Cross Sex friends

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Table of ContentsIntroduction:....................................................................................................................................3Real-life example of interpersonal relationships:............................................................................3Application of theories:...................................................................................................................3References:......................................................................................................................................62
Introduction:In the contemporary society, cross-sex friendships are quite common although such relations canbe different from the same-sex friendships. Sharing common activities and feelings are the key toany friendship (Webbet al.2015). These elements remain present in case of both same-sex andcross-sex relations. However, the level of intimacy and comfort may vary in the cross–sexrelationship on basis of the gender. For example, the girls tend to be more comfortable in samesex friendships than in cross-sex friendships. On the contrary, self-esteem of the boys is observedto increase when they are in a cross-sex friendship. However, priority of cross-sex friendship anda romantic relationship also vary from person to person. Due to the very distinctive nature,maintaining a cross-sex friendship often becomes challenging. On the flip, despite all thechallenges , there are many success stories also surrounding the cross-sex friends. In thisassignment, I am sharing the real-life examples of cross-sex friends. The theories related tointerpersonal relationship are used in this assignment to assess the real-life examples of cross-sexfriendships.Real-life example of interpersonal relationships:The example of me and my best friend in School can be considered a perfect example of cross-sex friends. Our friendship started when both of us were in the early adolescence. Since then weshare lots of activities, affection and mutual understanding . However, both of us are in separateromantic relations and our friendship does not cause any problem in our other relations.Application of theories:It might be quite odd to hear that we maintained me and my best friend have never had anyromantic or sexual attraction between us , although we were from different genders andmaintained separate romantic relationships as well. The interpersonal theories related to cross-sex friendship can better analyze our relation.As stated by Weger (2015) , the key differences between a cross-sex friendship and romanticrelationship are – low expectation and adherence to the friendship rules. In other words , thepeople have high expectations from their romantic partners while the expectations is always low3
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