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Dialectial Theory

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Vicky Lee

on 14 February 2014

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Dialectical Theory
Tension between wanting to integrate ourselves with another person or persons and wanting to be separte from others
Example of
Stability vs Change
Tension between wanting sameness, constancy, or familiarity on one
hand and wanting stimulation, novelty, or change on the other
Expression vs Privacy
Tension between desire to be open and expressive on the one hand and to be closed and private on the other
Responses to Dialectics
Root Terms
are points of contradiction that cause tension and impel change in relationships

Dialectical moments
are temporary periods of equilibrium between opposing dialects
Contradiction: is the conflict, opposition, contrast or discrepancy between two things

Process: suggests that dialectics are ongoing and always in motion; not static balances between contradictory impulses.
Internal Form:Connection/Autonomy

External Form:Inclusion/Seclusion
With relationships, partners experience both the desire to be connected to each other and the desire for autonomy
Internal Form: Predictability/Novelty

External Form: Conventionality/Uniqueness
Internal Form: Openness/Closedness

External: Revelation/Concealment
Most common response to all three dialectics is separation

Reframing could be a very satisying response, for it reconciles the contrdiction between different needs
1. How much personal information
would you share with your particular others?
2. Out of all the responses to dialecics, which one do you prefer to use in most arguements? Why?
By Jay Zhang and Vicky Lee
Example of Expression/Privacy
This dialectic tends to be most prominent in early stages of relationships when individuals are experimenting with how much personal information to reveal
Two Key Concepts:
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