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The first reading for this week is exploring the change in friendship during the whole lifetime. According to Brian R. Patterson (2007), among all the existing methods of analyzing relationships, the most popular is the ones that focus on microdynamic view of the friendship, which is studying the changing of relationship in a short time (p. 29). However, he argues that we should also value the development of relationship in a life-long time, which can provide a macrodynamic way to “augment microdynamic research” (Patterson, 2007, p. 30). When we are using a microdynamic approach, we focus mostly on the detailed and complicated events that happen in a relatively short period.
On the contrary, macrodynamic approach chooses to research on relational schemata that considered as patterns different people have within their different relationships with others. More importantly, these patterns are developing and changing through our lives, “as new issues, experiences, and roles arise” (Patterson, 2007, p. 30). For example, as an international student that live far away from my family, I have to take care of myself most of the time. Therefore, I considered myself as a role that is much more independent than before, and also when I come back home from time to time, I feel that I have the obligation to share some responsibility with my family. Nevertheless, when my grandmother was at the hospital last summer, my father won’t let me to take care of her and take his shift for him. The

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