A social relationship is a sustained series of social interactions between two or more people. These are important as they allow people to get to know each other, to cooperate and to fulfill social needs. Social relationships tend to be much more strongly bounded by norms than transactional social processes. For example, in a city where people are cold and relatively impolite towards strangers in the street they may be extraordinarily polite and considerate towards social relations such as neighbors, family and coworkers. The following are illustrative examples of a social relationship.
Boyfriend / Girlfriend / Significant Other
Classmates / School Peers
Customer / Client
Grandmother / Grandfather / Grandparent
Investors (in your business)
Mother / Father / Parent
Personal Relationship vs Social RelationshipAll relationships are social as is any interaction between people. A personal relationship is a relationship that is interdependent and closely tied to your social needs. Common examples include parents, grandparents, siblings, friends and romantic relationships such as a spouse.
Voluntary vs InvoluntaryA voluntary social relationship is someone that you choose to spend time with such as a friend. An involuntary social relationship is created by circumstances such as where you live or work. For example, a coworker or a neighbor. You can choose to ignore a neighbor but they are still your neighbor and you depend on them in certain ways such as depending on their civility and good behavior as a neighbor.
This is the complete list of articles we have written about social relationship.
If you enjoyed this page, please consider bookmarking Simplicable.
© 2010-2023 Simplicable. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction of materials found on this site, in any form, without explicit permission is prohibited.
View credits & copyrights or citation information for this page.