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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 ...

Emotional Communication and the Social Bond
Emotional communication and the social bond

Since the language of intimacy will always be to a large extent a language of gesture, facial expression, and touch, it should be important to enlarge the possibilities of verbal language for such communication. (Lynd, 1958, p. 249)

Our society faces vast amounts of conflict and violence, from large-scale warfare and community conflict to intimate violence behind closed doors. We need to learn more about the underlying dynamics of escalating conflict. Little is known about escalation; attempts to identify the dynamics of conflict using aggregate data have only skimmed the surface. Although conflict theorists have touched on important issues, they have not discovered the dynamics of escalation. The preceding chapters have given a glimpse of ...

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