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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 ...

Roxanne and Brian: Quarrel/Impasse Pattern
Roxanne and brian: Quarrel/impasse pattern

Thus they in mutual accusation spent The fruitless hours, but neither self-condemning: And of their vain contest appear'd no end. (John Milton, Paradise Lost)

Roxanne and Brian (pseudonyms) have been married for two years. They are a lower middle-class couple with an alternative life-style: They live in a canyon in a small community, where they built their own house, and they model some of their beliefs on those of American Indians. Brian's background is Anglo-Saxon Protestant; Roxanne comes from an Italian Catholic family. They are both high school graduates, and Brian has several years of college. He is self-employed much of the time as an inventor/musician; she is a full-time mother (she states that her occupation is ...

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