The relational self is the part of an individual's self-concept that consists of the feelings and beliefs that one has regarding oneself that develops based on interactions with others.In other words, one's emotions and behaviors are shaped by prior relationships.Expressions of dominance can communicate intention to assert or maintain dominance in a relationship.
Interpersonal relationships are formed in the context of social, cultural and other influences.
The context can vary from family or kinship relations, friendship, marriage, relations with associates, work, clubs, neighborhoods, and places of worship.
Submission occurs in different degrees; for example, some employees may follow orders without question, whereas others might express disagreement but concede when pressed. For example, a hierarchical organization uses a command hierarchy for top-down management.
This can reduce time wasted in conflict over unimportant decisions, prevents inconsistent decisions from harming the operations of the organization, maintain alignment of a large population of workers with the goals of the owners (which the workers might not personally share) and if promotion is based on merit, help ensure that the people with the best expertise make important decisions.
There are multiple perspectives to understand this inherent motivation to interact with others.
According to Maslow's hierarchy of needs, humans need to feel love (sexual/nonsexual) and acceptance from social groups (family, peer groups).
Another way to appreciate the importance of relationships is in terms of a reward framework.
This perspective suggests that individuals engage in relations that are rewarding in both tangible and intangible ways.
An interpersonal relationship is a strong, deep, or close association or acquaintance between two or more people that may range in duration from brief to enduring.
This association may be based on inference, love, solidarity, regular business interactions, or some other type of social commitment.
Individuals seek out rewards in interactions with others and are willing to pay a cost for said rewards.