Relationship Model – The new paradigm

2 Jun

I am a great fan of models not because they make you look smart in front of people but for the reason that they simplify things. They help in structuring information; because of which we have more time in developing different perspectives rather than wasting in arranging things.

I thought to myself if models are so good then is there any relationship model available which one could use. I googled about it but did not come across any such thing. So thought of devising a model myself. This relationship model outlines the broad steps in ensuring a rocking relationship. The model could be used in any kind of relationship be it business relationship or personal relationship. All one would have to do is to modify steps according to his situation.

Like any good model, it will not ensure positive outcome each time. What it will ensure is higher probability of a positive outcome. Also since here human emotions are involved, the model would need to adjusted according to the people involved in the relationship.

Relationship Model

As is presented above, the model has 4 steps with each step linked to the one above it and below it in both the directions. Arrows in both directions signify fluidity and seamless between the individual steps. It also shows that none of the step can be treated in isolation in relationship. It is an iterative process and one might have to go forth and back in the model.

It would also require different mindset to read and understand the model. Unlike science models where we are used to reading from bottom to top, this one would be read from top to bottom. There is a reason for reading top to bottom. When we are progressing from top to bottom, we know that our objective is “Rocking Relationship” and whatever we are doing would help us ensure that. The problem in going from bottom to top is we might get stuck at individual step and lose sight of the objective.

As mentioned, for understanding the model, we start from top and go down south. But for implementation purposes, we start from the bottom and progress upward.

So the first step in understanding the model is the realization that we are in the process of building healthy and rocking relationship. Once that objective is clear and we have let that feeling sink in, we would progress to the next step which is Comfort.

Comfort talks about generating comfort level in other person. This step is very crucial and the most difficult one. Many relationships face problems at this step and eventually die. We are just not able to generate the kind of comfort in other person to allow him/her to let the doors open to his heart. And if this does not happen we will never be able to touch that person truly and build long lasting relationship. Comfort has many dimensions and is the most exhaustive of all. We would delve into it in much deeper details later on.

Next step is Time. Just like any plant which requires constant nourishment over an elongated time, any relationship requires quality time over a good stretch of period. We must make sure that we are able to devote quality time to each relationship we want to strengthen.

But why would the other person spend time with you? In this world, the biggest gift any person can give to other is his time. So why should he gift you his most precious thing?

Answer is very simple. “Liking“!

Other person should develop enough liking towards you to devote his time to you. “Liking-ness” happens if he finds you interesting enough. Therefore one has to make sure that he is interesting enough to be liked.

We would covering all these steps in much greater detail in times to come and understand their true import. Experiences and case studies would be some of the tools we would be using along the way.

Till then, happy relationships!


One Response to “Relationship Model – The new paradigm”


  1. Observe the Edges « Relationships Hub - June 5, 2010

    […] the relationship model , the concept of edges has been taken care of. If we look closely, the first step of the model i.e. […]

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