RESOLVING CONFLICT BETWEEN AUTONOMY AND RELATEDNESS IN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS THROUGH THEIR CONSTANT INTERCHANGE OR THROUGH SYNTHESIS Print

Simona Gomboc[1]

Abstract

The purpose of our qualitative research was to explore distinct ways individuals surpass ambivalent tendencies for autonomy and for relatedness in intimate relationships. Our study was based on principles of grounded theory and included 47 participants (55.3% female and 44.6% male) of Slovene nationality, whose average age was 30 years and 8 months and who had been in intimate relationship on average for 7 years and 4 months. Analysis of data collected with diary method identified two distinct ways of resolving fundamentally antagonistic tendencies: tendencies for autonomy and tendencies for relatedness can be satisfied by their constant interchange or by their synthesis. Lastly, the paper also discusses parallels and differences between our results and findings of attachment and interdependence theory.

Keywords: Autonomy, Relatedness, Intimate relationships, Qualitative research

[1] Assistant Professor and Researcher, Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Techologies; GlagoljaĆĄka ulica 8, 6000 Koper; Slovenia;

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Cite this article:
Gomboc Simona. RESOLVING CONFLICT BETWEEN AUTONOMY AND RELATEDNESS IN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS THROUGH THEIR CONSTANT INTERCHANGE OR THROUGH SYNTHESIS. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.12, no.2:45-62, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2019-no2-art3

Digital Object Identifier(DOI): http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2019-no2-art3

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