Final Reflection Paper
Question 1: CH 7 Relational Development: Managing Dialectical Tensions
Review PP lecture (Module Week 11) and reread pp. 219-222. Also, see Activity p. 231.
A. Identify and describe an interpersonal relationship in your life where there currently exists a struggle between each person’s need for either autonomy or connection, transparency or privacy, novelty or predictability.
B. Explain how this dialectical tension affects the relationship. Give examples that show understanding of both parties.
C. Based on this relationship, consider which methods might be useful for managing the dialectical tension. Explain how you would use this method with the person with whom you experience this dialectical tension. In other words: a) explain what you perceive the problem to be, b) suggest a method from pg. 222, c) explain how you would accomplish your part of the strategy: what would you say (verbally)and do (nonverbally) differently?
D. How do you think the other person would react? What might be the result?
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