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Toolkit: Strengthening Personal Relationships
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Introduction 00Back to Table of Contents
friends, family, and romantic partners
Your personalized report contains the following chapters:
Insights into Personal Relationships: Key insights and factors for interacting with others outside of work and school.
Communication in Relationships: Highlights how you communicate with those you care about, and how to make improvements.
Barriers & Challenges to Success: Situations or personality features that might get in the way of successful personal interactions.
Values Ranking: Your values ranked by expected importance based on you think about the world.
Romantic Relationships: Helps you develop self-awareness in your romantic relationships
Building a Better Relationship: This activity helps you put together your perfect relationship description, which can jumpstart the conversation with a partner about what you want, need, and can offer your other half.
Insights into Personal Relationships 01Back to Table of Contents
Key insight and factors for interacting with others outside work and school
Insights into Personal Relationships
- I enjoy diverse range of activities with a few close friends, I may also enjoy companionable silence.
- It is important that my friends accept my quiet, reflective nature and enjoy my quirky sense of humor.
In a relationship
- Key important factors are respect, being listened to, intellectual stimulation and commitment.
- I show I care by listening, analyzing and helping to solve the problem.
- I like home to be a place where I am respected and given space.
- I like to choose my own path even if it may need adjusting later.
- I like encouragement to pursue my interest in depth, support, even when ideas maybe unusual, and understanding of my need to enjoy quiet time to think things through.
Independent With Friends:
- Has a smaller number of close friends
- Enjoys sharing time without talking all the time
- Likes a break from large groups
- Mixes best with friends you know well
- Respects their privacy
Imaginative With Friends:
- Accepts friendships may change
- Enjoys being the ideas person
- Likes to share new experiences
- Expect the unexpected
- Looks at things from every angle
Questioning With Friends:
- Values honesty
- Likes a good competitive spirit
- Wants opinions to be listened to
- Admires skills and abilities
- Wants achievements to be noticed
Curious With Friends:
- Enjoys “hanging out” doing “whatever”
- Reluctant to confirm plans
- Hates strict time frames and often runs late
- Enjoys being spontaneous, loves surprises
- Plays games according to whatever rules will be more fun
Original work by: Sue Blair © Step Research Corporation
Communication - Quick Overview 02Back to Table of Contents
This section is both descriptive and has developmental suggestions for communicating with those you care about.
Communication in Relationships
Communication EnergizerHaving the opportunity to talk through issues impartially
Communication StressorOthers taking things personally or seeing a difference of opinion as criticism
Communication Quick TipBefore giving advice or pointing out problems, make sure that the other person is open to your input
Barriers & Challenges to Success 03Back to Table of Contents
What are several key barriers and challenges to success that are likely to recur during life for this person.
Barriers & Challenges
- Beth typically has a strong need for privacy, an intense interest in just a few areas, and a dislike of small talk, which may make Beth appear distant, anti-social, or confusing to her peers.
- She may be impatient with those who are less capable.
- Beth may walk away from situations she sees as unjust, unfair, illogical, or not relevant to her.
- If pushed Beth may also challenge authority for the same reasons.
- Managing time, deadlines and completion are often problematic.
- Concentrating on theory she may miss the important details.
- Beth can appear compliant whilst ignoring what she sees as stupid rules.
Values Ranking 04Back to Table of Contents
Ranks the likely values from most to least likely being important to this person.
Most likely Beth
More likely Beth
Independent & Innovating
- Logical Reasoning
- Rational Decisions
- Developing Potential
More likely Beth
Visionary & Take Charge
Less likely Beth
Prudent, Inclusive, Proactive, or Persuasive
- Proven Experience
- Respect for the Individual
- Internal Harmony
- Group Norms/Protocol
Original work by: Cash Keahey © Step Research Corporation
Romantic Relationships 05Back to Table of Contents
This section is both descriptive and has developmental suggestions for handling romantic relationships.
- Beth tends to be tolerant and fair-minded, trying to understand her environment in order to act as conistently and logically as possible.
- Alone time is typically a key part of Beth's mental health and it can sometimes be frustrating to a partner how much time she spends on solo activities and her hobbies.
Relationship EnergizerTalking through your thinking with your partner
Relationship StressorFeeling exposed or incompetent by having to handle strong emotions
Relationship Quick TipTake time to listen and engage directly with your partner, share your feelings
Building A Better Relationship - Expanded 06Back to Table of Contents
Build your perfect relationship description
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Original work by: Paul D. Tieger © Step Research Corporation