Why do we automatically associate the word ‘Relationship’ with intimacy between couples?
This question got me pondering for a while when I decided to add a ‘relationships tab’ to ‘zer blog’. The conundrum was deciding whether it would focus on the loving relationship between couples or whether it should encompass human relationships in general.
Relationship is a term coined to describe human interaction and the emotions involved with it. It could be interpersonal relationships in a family, among friends, at work and even at a club or a college . One could even go as far as exploring the association between countries i.e. international relations/foreign policy (ok, Madeleine; now you have gone too far!) or regulated relationships such as partnership agreements or trade agreements in business and so forth. The aim here is just to get you to think about it for a while.
So my questions are: What is the first thing that you think about when you hear the word ‘relationship’? And why do you think that is?
Do you think that the somewhat sex-obsessed media maniacs have played a major role in the sexualisation of Western popular culture – which in turn has narrowed our perspective of the term ‘relationship’?
Or maybe we are so consumed by our search for a soulmate that we forget that other relationships are worth just as much thought and effort as the other?
Talk to me..