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Chapters 12 & 13 Relational Dialectics Theory & Communication Privacy Management Theory COMM 200 Dr. Gibbs 3/3/10
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Relational Dialectics Theory Emphasizes the tradeoffs and conflicting  desires that create tension within a close  relationship To sustain a relationship, partners must  continuously address the tensions that  arise and affect the character of the  relationship
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Dialectics Dialectic A conflict between two opposing, but also  unified, ideas or forces Relational Dialectic Opposition or tension between alternative  ways of being intimate “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” Vs.  “Out of sight, out of mind”
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Assumptions of RDT Relationships are not linear Relational life is characterized by change Contradiction is the fundamental fact of  relational life Communication is central to negotiating  relational contradictions
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Relational Dialectics Autonomy vs. Connection Openness vs. Closedness Novelty vs. Predictability
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Contextual Dialectics Public vs. Private Real vs. Ideal
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