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I'm struggling to find this missing word, that I imagine would be part of the psychological literature.

Personality is to an individual what ____________ is to a 1:1 relationship.

Any thoughts? I imagine "Culture" would be the personality equivalent for an organization, but I'm unfamiliar with similar concepts for a 1:1 relationship. Does "culture" apply equally to organizations of size 2?

Many thanks in advance

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  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Psychology.SE. This question is unclear. Are you asking to fill the blank for 1:1 relationships, relationships involving more than 2 people, or all kinds of relationships? $\endgroup$ – Chris Rogers Nov 10 '20 at 8:42
  • $\begingroup$ 1:1 relationships! Thank you! $\endgroup$ – Michael Nov 11 '20 at 16:55
  • $\begingroup$ Can you better describe the context for which you are asking the question? $\endgroup$ – Bryan Krause Nov 12 '20 at 0:10
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Perhaps this?

  • An individual's personality
  • A couple's relationship
  • A group's dynamics
  • An organisation's culture
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    $\begingroup$ This cracked me up. So the personality of a relationship is a relationship, and the entity is actually a couple. I like this...it makes sense, thank you. I guess I think we need to linguistically distinguish between "a relationship" as an entity (AKA a couple) vs. characteristics of the entity (characteristics of a couple). $\endgroup$ – Michael Nov 11 '20 at 17:07
  • $\begingroup$ Hey thanks for your comments. Linguistically differentiating the entity from the attribute does appear to have utility. However, it highlights a difference with how we use each attribute descriptor. Personality encompasses both interpersonal (eg. cooperative, kind, romantic, nasty, withdrawn, sullen) and intrapersonal (eg. studious, creative, active, lazy, tired, apathetic) behaviours . The words relationship and dynamics seem to focus exclusively on intra-couple and intra-group behaviours. Do you agree? I would be interested if you find alternate descriptors of the attributes. $\endgroup$ – Tony Mobbs Nov 11 '20 at 20:10
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Given the blank I would suggest:

  • habit

personality is an enduring pattern of relating and responding to life's challenges that has its roots in genetics and experience. Couple's relationship evolves over time and becomes similarly half-intuitive and half-conscious. But I suppose this may be a word that is not "psychological" enough.

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