Family Communication and Conflict Part Two

Family Communication and Conflict Part Two - Volatile Couple

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Family Communication and Conflict  Part Two Closeness – we want agreement / connection with the other person Independence – we want personal autonomy CONFLICT The process of interaction that results when the behavior of one person interferes with the  behavior of another Conflict in Relationships Areas of conflict Money matters Secrecy Power Value systems Division of household labor Sex Tremendous trifles Constructive Conflict – builds relationships and fosters loyalty, commitment and intimacy How couples handle conflict determines marital longevity Regulated Couples Use communication patterns that promote closeness and intimacy Validating Couple –   
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Unformatted text preview: Volatile Couple Conflict-Minimizing Couple Non-regulated Couples Have difficulty resolving conflicts, interactions far more negative Gottmans 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Criticism criticism involves attack on the partner Defensiveness criticism/defend pattern becomes a cycle of negativity Contempt disrespect, scorn, hatred Stonewalling communication between partners shuts down *Belligerence Research Communication Strengths of Happy vs Unhappy Married Couples Top 5 Communication Issues for Married Couples (Olson & Olson, 2000)...
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