An interest in establishing and maintaining relationships with other people is known as the need for __________. A. Power B. Affiliation C. Achievement D. Friends?

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Hannah Barton Profile
Hannah Barton answered
An interest in establishing and maintaining relationships with other people is know as the need for affiliation.

The dictionary definition of affiliation according to dictionary.com is 'the act of affiliating; state of being affiliated and associated.

There is an argument for any one of these answers to be correct but affiliation is the most relevant in this context. To look at the different answers you need to change the context slightly.

  • Power.
The need for power in some situations includes establishing and maintaining relationships with other people. This is done by the rulers, prime ministers and presidents of countries so that they can keep control and power whilst also having the associated relationships to keep them in power for a longer period of time. This will also add to their success.

  • Achievement
In the same context as above, achievement can come from establishing and maintaining relationships with other people. This will depend on the role you are in. If you work in an industry such as public relations, establishing relationships is one of the main points of your job and you will get great achievement from making this successful.

  • Friends
Making friends is all about establishing and maintaining relationships with other people. This is not, however, in contest to the question and the use of the phrase 'an interest' makes this so. Making friends is not about an interest and is more about social interaction and enjoyment than it is an interest.

This sounds like it is a school or college question from a sociology class. You should look into social interaction and affiliation to find out more about this subject. You may find that in different questions, the other answers are relevant and you should make yourself aware about what situations these are relevant.
Lashaun 'dundun' Brown Profile
The answer is so not friends. The correct answer is affiliation.

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