Revista de Etologia
versão impressa ISSN 1517-2805
GARCIA, Agnaldo. Biological bases of personal relationships: the contribution of classical Ethology. Rev. etol. [online]. 2005, vol.7, n.1, pp. 25-38. ISSN 1517-2805.
Classical ethology, as represented in the works of Konrad Lorenz, John Bowlby and Robert Hinde, may give an important theoretical contribution to relationship research. Lorenz discussed group processes and interpersonal relationships and he emphasized that personal relationships and bond formation are closely related with aggression. Bowlby tried to integrate concepts and methods from psychoanalysis and classical ethology. Hinde tried to integrate our knowledge about human relationships based in some principles of classical ethology. The investigation of ontogeny, evolution, function and causation is still important for relationship research. Classical ethology, together with recent developments in Behavioral Biology, can supply a broad biological basis for relationship research, however, the ethologically oriented attitudes concerning systems theory, description, classification, theorizing and integration of knowledge are probably the most important contribution of classical ethology to relationship research.
Palavras-chave : Interaction; Lorenz, Konrad; Bowlby, John; Hinde, Robert; Classical ethology; Human ethology.