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The draft below has been reviewed by 3 editors and 1 encouraged the draft to be posted into Main space.

History of personal relationship skills[edit]


Cuneiform script on clay tablets contained moral advice (3300BC - 2000BC)[1]

Examples of using these relationship skills appear in literary history since writing began.[2] Written moral advice first appeared circa 3300BC-2000BC [1] and a confrontation was documented in hieroglyphics circa 1350BC. [3] {4}


The Greek and Roman philosophers had much to say on personal relationship skills, the institution of marriage was a bedrock of their society. For example - Ovid, Marcus Aurelius, Socrates, Plato, Cicero. {5}

Present day[edit]

"We are entering a golden age of brain research."
John Humphrys, 20-Sep-2012, Neuroscience 2012 [4]

Research journals and a multitude of long-term studies report their new findings frequently. There is still much to learn and discover. For a review of some ongoing studies, see intimate relationships research.

Children's skills differ from adults as their personal relationship is with their care giver whereas adult skills maintain the relationship between partners and build a circle of security for their children.

Many authors develop an approach to relationships based on skills which can be learnt. [5] [6] [7] [8] {9}


  1. ^ a b Donoughue, Carol (2007). The Story of Writing. British Museum. p. 106. 
  2. ^ Marr, Andrew (2012). Andrew Marr's History of the world. Part I: Macmillan. p. 34. ISBN 978-0230755956. Early writing, legal dispute documented. Çatalhöyük 
  3. ^ Donoughue, Carol (2007). The Story of Writing. British Museum. p. 107. 
  4. ^ Humphrys, John (20-Sep-2012). "News segment on new research being presented at Neuroscience 2012". BBC Today programme.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ Wilkinson, Tony. Chapter 6. “Basic skills”, “The lost art of being happy”. p. P55. 
  6. ^ Ricard, Matthew. "Happiness, a guide to developing life's most important skill" P237.
  7. ^ Stephen J. Sampson Ph.D.; Cindy Elrod Ph.D. Personal Relationship Skills for beginning, strengthening, and maintaining an intimate personal relationship. HRD Press. p. 4. ISBN 978-1-59996-065-4. 
  8. ^ Aurelius, Marcus (circa AD170). Meditations. pp. Book I, XI.  Check date values in: |date= (help)


Suggestion... Edited to make it more brief and easier to read, the reference links to an existing wiki page which already has more details about the confrontation. CathMontgomery (talk) 09:07, 22 September 2012 (UTC)

Thank you for the feedback. Your summary is more encyclopedic and the details are already elsewhere, as you say. I have also added an overview of the skills-relevant-to-children and how they differ, as was previously suggested by Sionk. ♥ VisitingPhilosophertalkcontribs 12:19, 24 September 2012 (UTC)

Ready to move to main space[edit]

History section draft and overview is now ready to be added - it has been reviewed and edited by other editors. If there are no objections I will move it to the main article next week.
This forewarning is to reduce the likelihood of edit-warring on the main-page article. Many thanks for the help with this section's draft so far. ♥ VisitingPhilosophertalkcontribs 08:26, 2 October 2012 (UTC)
Welcome to move it inside the article! One comment though, I would appreciate if you put the references immediately behind the text and not grouped at the end. So it is clear which statement comes from which source. Lova Falk talk 08:38, 2 October 2012 (UTC)
I have done several edits to move references from end-of-paragraph to end-of-sentence, the final draft ready for main-space can be reviewed... >> click here <<. ♥ VisitingPhilosophertalkcontribs 12:33, 5 October 2012 (UTC)

New 5-times expanded article proposed - please see completed draft[edit]

"Substantive content" was requested by reviewer - Sionk.

I have completed a 5-times expansion draft, here: >> link to Skills draft <<

As with the initial article, I have adhered to all the guidelines in the manner explained in /Archive 2.

Any feedback will be much appreciated, ♥ VisitingPhilosophertalkcontribs 09:48, 4 October 2012 (UTC)

No objections, so new draft text was moved to main-space. ♥ VisitingPhilosophertalkcontribs 16:07, 17 October 2012 (UTC)