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Conflict, Emotion, and Communication
Conflict, emotion, and communication

Kate comes home after a long, tiring day at work to find the house messy, her daughter crying, and her son covered in mud while her husband, Kevin, is watching television. Her hopes of spending a relaxing evening at home suddenly vanish and she feels frustrated and angry. She immediately lashes out at Kevin, “What kind of father are you? Don't you hear and see your own children?” Kevin becomes defensive: “What kind of mother are you, coming home from work late every night this week?” Hurt by Kevin's comment, Kate strikes back: “Well, at least I don't sit around watching TV and ignoring my kids.” When Kevin ignores her and continues to look at the screen, Kate ...

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