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Human relationships are marked by a consistent pattern of giving and take; it isn’t a relationship if not. It is this pattern that later decides the nature of the relationship; its duration and intimacy. Conflicts arise between two parties when the expected response or behavior does not reflect on their plate as this causes confusion, shock, disappointment and anger on the part of the receiver which is followed by a streak of arguments, passive aggression and if not complete abandonment.

social exchange theory in maintaining relationships

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