social change and stability as a process of negotiated exchanges between parties
Social Exchange Theory is a social psychological and sociological perspective that explains social change and stability as a process of negotiated exchanges between parties. Social Exchange Theory posits that all human relationships are formed by the use of a subjective cost-benefit analysis and the comparison of alternatives. The theory has roots in economics, psychology and sociology. Social Exchange Theory features many of the main assumptions found in rational choice theory and structuralism.
Heavy question, right? We talked about that in my Theories of Interpersonal Communication class this afternoon. Most people argued ‘no’ & they had some pretty compelling arguments & thoughts on the matter.
We’re always weighing benefits & costs in relationships. It’s part of being human. Are you giving as much to your significant other as they are to you? Does your best friend put more effort into your relationship? Those questions don’t bother me too much; I know that I’m in relationships because they benefit me & I enjoy benefiting others.
Unconditional is defined as: not limited by conditions; absolute. If we’re making pro/con lists, weighing costs & benefits, etc., then love really isn’t unconditional, is it? There are many conditions.
This bothers me to think about. I consider myself a romantic & an optimist. I enjoy looking on the bright sides of things, giving people the benefit of the doubt, & believing in 'fantasies’ concerning life & love.