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Comm 150 Relational Dialectics

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Kathryn Gerber Comm 150- Relational Dialectics Personal relationships are influenced by rules, relational dialectics, and surrounding contexts. The focus here will be on the constant tensions that build in personal relationships. These tensions are separated into three different types collectively known as relational dialectics. The first one is the friction in close relationships brought on by the need for autonomy and connection; it’s like after spending a whole week with a friend you can’t wait to get away and have some alone time. It can be very challenging in intimate relationships to find the right balance of time alone and time for intimacy. The second dialectic is the tension between wanting to stick with the customary routine
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Unformatted text preview: and doing something new or spontaneous. The third and final dialectic is the tension that arises between the desire to be open to one another verses the desire for privacy. Relational dialectics have no ultimate resolution, so they are always fluxuating. Jill and Josh have been dating for about a year and have a very close relationship. Josh insists on spending all of their free time together. Although Jill enjoys Josh’s company, she sometimes feels smothered and needs her own personal space. Jill talks to Josh and tries to help him understand that they can still be very close without spending every second of everyday together....
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