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Unformatted text preview: SPCM1500 8/2/11: Terminating Relationships Ducks Phases of Termination Five Phases of Relational Dissolution Sequences of discourses lead each phase (based on who youre talking to and what youre talking about) 1. Initial Breakdown a. Recognition of dissatisfaction with the relationship b. Strain towards triviality (mounds out of mole hills) c. Inability to balance tension between involvement and independence i. Misunderstandings d. Decrease or absence of support from social contacts e. Threshold: I cant stand this anymore. 2. Intrapsychic Phase a. Emphasis on the self b. Pulling away from the relationship i. Stop calling, unavailable/busy, limiting conversation c. Attempts to objectively weigh pros and cons of relationship d. Threshold: Id be justified in withdrawing 3. Dyadic Phase a. Individuals confront one another b. May result in open conflict c. Variety of ways to address termination: i. Positive tone messages: mutuality best for both of us ii. De-escalation: lets be friends or lets date other people...
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This note was uploaded on 09/07/2011 for the course SPCM 1500 taught by Professor Emmelhainz during the Summer '07 term at University of Georgia Athens.
- Summer '07