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Unformatted text preview: partners Openness & Protection Focuses on our conflicting desires to be open and vulnerable to our relational partners while at the same time to be strategic and self-protective in our communication “intrapersonal dialectic” of disclosure – gradual and incremental process of disclosure, ranging from concealment to full reevaluation Novelty & Predictability Our desire for both the comfort of stablity and excitement of change Interplay of certainty and uncertainty in relationships 4 main management strategies for Coping with Dialectical Tensions Cyclic alternation People alternate between 2 opposites at different times in their relationship Segmentation Identifying separate arenas for emphasizing each of the opposites Selection Making a choice between the opposites Integration Synthesis 3 forms: Neutralizing Compromising between the polarities Disqualifying Exempting certain issues from the general pattern Reframing Transforming it so it no longer seems to contain an opposition...
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- Spring '12
- Marxism, Dialectic, Relational dialectics, relational dialectics theory, Assumptions of Relational Dialectics Theory Relationships, relational life Tensions