I thought that Subtext might benefit by some type of populatable gist generator of relationships or something in that arena.
What are the different ways to define/describe a relationship? What are the different categories that a relationship might fall into? This is something that I’ve been thinking about since watching a few of the Subtext videos/Writer Room meetings.
I think that Melanie Anne Phillips mentioned (in one of her videos) the relationship between different parts of the quad:
positive dynamic (create something new)
negative dynamic (destroy each other)
positive companion (unintentional positive relationship/result)
negative companion (unintended negative relationship/result)
positive dependent (alone good/together greater than sum of your parts)
negative dependent (alone bad/together complete)
When I think of relationships, I also think of them in the following terms:
roles (mentor/mentee; master/slave; etc.)
descriptions (toxic, dependent, positive, negative, destructive, constructive, symbiotic, etc.)
There are different types of relationships within the world that really mirror what Melanie says:
Mutualism - both organism benefit from each other (sea anemone and clown fish).
Commensalism - one organism benefits and the other is neither helped nor harmed (whale and barnacle).
Parasitism - one organism benefits and the other is harmed (dog and tick).
Neutralism - neither organism is affected.
Predation - predator/prey; herbivores/plants - one benefits/the other is harmed (though survival of the fittest is a benefit).
Competitive - both seek a limited resource; bad for both.
Curvilinear - positive for both to a point, but at a certain point one experiences a benefit and the other is harmed.
Perhaps a different manner of saying the same thing:
Types of love:
There’s also something called Rawlins’ six stages of friendships:
- Role Limited Attraction - initial contact on some level some pretext.
- Friendly Relations - Exploring whether we have enough in common to continue.
- Moving Towards Friendship - making small personal disclosures demonstrating the desire to expand the relationship
- Nascent Friendship - begin consider each other friends. share activities. Regular interaction.
- Stabilized Friendship: securing the relationship trust
- Waning Friendship - friends begin to drift apart . takes things for granted, lack of personal effort
This is just a list of my notes that hasn’t really been cemented into a process to define a relationship or a relationship arc. It’s more a brainstorm explosion. I just thought someone might be able to put it into a linear process to define what a relationship is… then create an arc throughout the RS through line.
I’m also sure that there are a number of additional examples or categories that I haven’t thought about. I’d be interested in what anyone might add.