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Toward a Theory of Conflict Social bond l Invisible but reveals the state of the relationship at any given moment Intact bonds are flexible, accompanied by pride, joy, happiness Damaged or threatened bonds are marked by insecurity, sadness, anger and shame
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Foundations of the Social Bond The social Self Levels of differentiation (regulating separateness and togetherness Emotional system
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Social Being Social theory on humans as social by nature (rather than autonomous) Clutching and clinging precedes fight or flight Biosocial system of attachment (infant) Bonding based in gesture system as it is pre-language in origin
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Social Self Cooley (p. 29) Self as cybernetic system between I and Me l Biological impulses – “I” l Social experience – “me” l Finding a balance leads to social self l Extreme dependency or cutting off completely – both equal alienation
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Regulating Social Distance Tension between togetherness and separateness a fundamental dilemma in
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2011 for the course COMMUNICAT 192:201 taught by Professor Coan during the Fall '10 term at Rutgers.

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