Prep Paper- Cognition and Conflict

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Preparation Paper 2: Cognition and Conflict According to the article, “Sense-Making Activities and Interpersonal Conflict: Communicative Cures for the Mulling Blues” by Cloven and Roloff, cognitive and communicative activities were argued to influence the perceived severity of the conflict and the attribution of blame. When an interpersonal dispute occurs, people often engage in sense-making activity in order to better understand the conflict. This provides those a chance to devise conflict resolutions and to prevent goal interference in the future. In making sense of their disputes, individuals try to determine both the seriousness of the problems and the source of conflict. Most individuals make sense of their conflict by either experiencing prolonged mulling or communicating to their partners about the conflict. Denise H. Cloven & Michael E. Roloff (1991) argues that mulling tends to lead to the amplification of the conflict because the absence of communication allows the thinkers to overlook their partner’s explanation for the conflict. However, communicating with a partner was argued to attenuate the situation because it provides
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