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Intimacy a unique bond created by two people through some combination of highly interdependent actions individualized rules and personal disclosures and viewed by both parties as relatively affectionate intrinsically rewarding and irreplaceable Trenholm Jensen 293 This definition would definitely describe the relationship I have with my current boyfriend Lance Robert LeMarie I would describe our relationship as a private close and personal relationship We share just about everything that goes on in our lives and can read each other like a book We are so close that rarely do we tell each other what we are feeling before the other already knows We can tell each others state of mind and mood by the kinds of nonverbal codes we are sending out He always notices when I am nervous or anxious because I bite on my bottom lip and I can tell when he is aggravated because he rolls his eyes like a little girl In this paper I will give a brief analysis this relationship and the stages that we have and are currently going through As a guideline I will use Knapps stages for an intimate relationship and the concepts of verbal and nonverbal competence as stated in chapters three and four of our textbook There are countless reasons why people are attracted to each other and form some relationship Some of these reasons are personality physical looks intellectual stimulation common interest and differences Lance and I developed our relationship at a young age We first caught each others eye in the school office our freshmen year of high school According to Knapps theory the development of relationships and stages of intimacy have some very definitive and distinctive steps The first step is initiating in which both parties follow scripts there is a high amount of self-monitoring and we are making judgments This stage consists of making contact with the other person and showing that you are the kind of person worth talking
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