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Managing Conflict in Interpersonal Relationships
Managing conflict in interpersonal relationships

“Partners must be sensitive to each other's needs to integrate and to differentiate. They must skillfully balance involvement and privacy, revelation and restraint, disclosure and discretion, predictability and mystery.”

(Bochner, 1984. p. 611)

There are probably no communication activities that present us with more challenges and more joys than creating and maintaining close or intimate relationships. However, as the quotation above illustrates, this is an extremely complicated process, filled with contradictions and challenges. This chapter explores how conflict is a productive and sometimes destructive part of romantic relationships and friendships. You learn how to interpret and understand the sources of conflict in close romantic relationships and friendships, the dangers of not addressing conflict, and the benefits of engaging ...

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