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In Violent Emotions, Retzinger explores the role of hidden alienation and shame as the source of repetitious cycles of conflict. Theories and research from large-scale conflict, marital disputes, and communication processes are reviewed and provide a background for a new integrative theory developed by the author. In testing her theory of prolonged conflict, Retzinger utilizes complex verbal and nonverbal coding schemes, identifies specific emotions within the context of marital disputes, and points out recurring patterns preceding the escalation of an argument. She provides exemplars of how this theory works through an intensive analysis of conflict exchange in four case studies and uses vivid descriptions to illustrate important points about communication in intimate relationships. Violent Emotions provides much needed data that will be useful for preventive ...

Investigating the Bonding System: A Working Concept
Investigating the bonding system: A working concept

The strange thing about life is that though the nature of it must have been apparent to every one for hundreds of years, no one has left an adequate account of it. The streets of London have their map; but our passions are uncharted. (Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room)

The state of the bond at any given moment can be determined through observation of both symbolic and gestural communication. Conflict can be either constructive or destructive, depending on whether it repairs or damages bonds. The theory presented in Chapters 1 and 2 maps a way in which outer behavior (communication tactics and level of respect) and inner feelings (shame and anger) interact to reveal ...

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