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Pairings of people for mutually satisfying purposes

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, support, regular business interactions or some other type of social commitment. Interpersonal relationships thrive through equitable and reciprocal compromise, they 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. They may be regulated by law, custom or mutual agreement, and are the basis of social groups and society as a whole.

Notable Topics

  • Love, Romantic - Emotional and sexual relationships between men and women
  • Marriage - Formalized consensual and contractual relationships between individuals
  • Sexual Pleasure - Sensual gratification from sexual activities


Benjamin Tucker, Individualism, & Liberty: Not the Daughter but the Mother of Order, by Wendy McElroy, Literature of Liberty, 1981
Bibliographical essay covering the people and radical movements that influenced Tucker in his founding and publishing of Liberty, its major themes and contributors
Free love was the movement which sought to separate the state from sexual matters such as marriage, birth control, and adultery, insisting that such matters properly concerned only the individuals involved ... Free love advocates, who sometimes traced their roots to Josiah Warren and experimental communities, viewed sexual freedom as a clear, direct expression of an individual's self-ownership. Free love particularly stressed women's rights since most sexual laws discriminated against women.

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Interpersonal relationship" as of 24 Oct 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.