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While relaters may have expectations regarding intermediate-level issues such as self-disclosure and conflict management, the development of the current scale assumes that people hold abstract and foundational narratives and presuppositions for relationships, which, as Sire suggests, may play into everyday interaction.
Contractual thinkers assume that 1) the basic social unit is the autonomous monad, 2) human nature is presumed rational and evolutionarily hedonistic, 3) relaters are resigned to interdependence, manage dependence, and seek independence especially when distressed, 4) the purpose of relating is to meet personal needs in order to achieve personal happiness, 5) communication's role is a tool to negotiate rewards for self and deliver investments in others, 6) the cause of relational distress is the partner's failure to fulfill personal needs, which opens options for retaliation in or exit from the relationship, and 7) relaters should look to human sources such as family, peers, social teachers and media for relational guidelines.
This orientation considers 1) the dyad as the basic social unit, 2) humans as well-intentioned yet variable in relational skill, 3) human relationships as socially constructed through communication, 4) the purpose of relationships as mutual satisfaction, 5) expressions of commitment (affection, support, integrity) as means to create healthy relationships, 6) relational problems stem from benign personal differences or dull aptitudes and are treatable through counseling and skill development, and 7) relaters should turn to human sources including academic research, professional ethics, and psychological counseling for moral guidance.
A one-way ANOVA confirmed significant differences between these groups on the CCC-22 (F (4, 204) = 8.303, p < .001), and Scheffe post hoc tests indicated our predictions true for common law and ever-divorced relaters compared with single-not-dating and married subjects.
We took these findings to mean that each worldview orientation provides relaters with a rubric for assessing their close relationships as equitable in costs and rewards in whatever way that may be socially constructed.
Chart 3 Personality Model Director Socializer Thinker Relater Wilson notes that the source is predominantly task oriented and indirect and, therefore, confident that the source is a thinker.
Chart 4 Compatible Combinations Best combinations at task Second best combinations at task compatibility compatibility Thinker - Relater Thinker - Thinker Director - Relater Relater - Relater Socializer - Relater Socializer - Thinker Wilson determines that he is a socializer and chuckles as he regards the chart--he does not see the socializer personality type near the thinker.
With a relater, nonverbal communications are easier to mirror--take the lead from them.
When combined, the axes form four quadrants that identify different, recognizable, and habitual behavior patterns--socializer, director, thinker, and relater. Each quadrant represents unique combinations of openness and directness and is linked to separate and unique ways of behaving.
Relater. The relater is open, unassertive, warm, supportive, and reliable.
The relater is the most people oriented of all four styles.
Each time a manager slows down for a relater or thinker or speeds up for a director or socializer, he or she is showing that flexibility.