The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to interpersonal relationships.

Interpersonal relationship – association between two or more people; this association may be based on limerence, love, solidarity, regular business interactions, or some other type of social commitment. Interpersonal relationships are formed in the context of social, cultural, and other influences.

Essence of relationships

Types of relationships

Membership in a social group

Social group – consists of two or more humans who interact with one another, share similar characteristics and collectively have a sense of unity.[1] By this definition, a society can be viewed as a large group, though most social groups are considerably smaller.

Household membership

A family tree displaying the terminology of relationships between relatives

Household — one or more persons who share main residence, and share meals or living space[2]

Peer group membership

Peer group

Organization membership

An organization is a social group which distributes tasks for a collective goal. There are a variety of legal types of organizations, including:

Community membership


Intimate relationships

Intimate relationship

Business and professional relationships

Other types of relationships

Relations (relationship activities)

Relationship formation

Main article: Mating

Human mating is the process whereby an individual seeks out another individual with the intention of forming a long-term intimate relationship or marriage, but sometimes for casual relationship or friendship.

Sexual relations

Dysfunctional relations

Abusive relations


End of a relationship

Reasons for ending a relationship

Theories of interpersonal relations

Relationship characteristics

Aspects of relationships include:

Stages of a relationship

Feelings and emotions

Sexual orientation

Romantic orientation

Relationship partners

Terms for partners in intimate relationships include:

Relationship management

Relationship intervention

Relationship development

Terms for people who want to develop their relationships include:

Lacking an intimate relationship

Romance and intimacy

Main articles: Romance (love) and Intimacy

Courtship –
Romance –


See also


  1. ^ "Social Groups." Archived 2013-04-30 at the Wayback Machine Accessed June 2011.
  2. ^ Haviland, W. A. (2003). Anthropology. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
  3. ^ Shannon B (2011). Frenemy: The Friend Who Bullies (Master of Applied Psychology). University of Waikato.
  4. ^ "Definition of HYPERGAMY". Retrieved 2020-09-26.
  5. ^ Аугустинавичюте А. (1996). Социон, или Основы соционики. Соционика, ментология и психология личности, 4-5. (In Russian. Title can be translated as Augustinavichiute A. (1996). The Socion, or Socionics Basics. Socionics, Mentology, and Personality Psychology, 4-5).
  6. ^ Fiske, Alan P. (1992). "The four elementary forms of sociality: Framework for a unified theory of social relations". Psychological Review. 99 (4): 689–723. doi:10.1037/0033-295X.99.4.689. PMID 1454904. S2CID 17809556.