Week 2 Conflict 1 - Also by deflecting with other questions...

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Our text gives an example of the four horseman of the apocalypse. It is 4 stages a destructive conflict can go though. I believe this argument turned physical in the third stage or the stonewalling stage. The progression is as follows: Criticizing – This occurred when Tim approached Jay and asked, “What the hell did you do to my Honda?” Jay also participated by stating, “What was it doing parked there?” Defensiveness – Jay stayed on the defensive by basically placing the blame back on Tim because he was parked in Jay’s reserved spot.
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Unformatted text preview: Also, by deflecting with other questions such as whether Tim even worked there. Stonewalling- This occurred when Jay walked away. He essentially withdrew from the interaction which enrages Tim to the point of reacting physically. Contempt – is described in our text as a nonverbal behavior that puts one above the other. This is what Tim was basically trying to accomplish by grabbing Jay. He was attempting to reestablish dominance in the conflict because Jay nonverbally tried to end the situation....
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