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Chapter 7: Managing Conflict in Family Relationships
“For storytelling is a primary way that families are produced, maintained, and perhaps transformed.”
Our families are, for most of us, the communicative context in which we learn how conflict should and should not be done. The assumptions and values that permeate everyday communication in our early family experiences become powerful guide-posts for how we approach conflict through our adult lives. As the quotation illustrates, it is through communicating stories that our families are created and changed; the familial reality thus created affects our thoughts and actions. Our early experiences can also become powerful guideposts if our decision is to change our conflict communication, that is, to avoid repeating the past in ...