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Relational Dialectics Theory

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Kaylen Payne

on 3 April 2014

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Transcript of Relational Dialectics Theory

Relational Dialectics Theory

The basics
Relational Dialectics theory is a fundamental assumption of social theorists that all relationships, romantic or just friendly, contain tensions and contradictions.
Managing Relational Dialectics
Four main concepts
3 common contradictions
Discovered by Baxter and Montgomery in a study
” relational dialectics theory predicts, explains the tensions that occur in our interpersonal relationships"
Creators: Leslie Baxter and Barbara Montgomery
Mikhail Bakhtin (dialogism theory)
communication controls our social personal and familial relationships
summary of theory
suggest that people are constantly feeling the pressure from conflicting desires
4 main concepts
3 main tensions
4 main concepts
As statement or proposition that contradicts or denies another
suggests that contradictions in a relationship are part of a unified whole and cannot be understood in isolation
How one's changed and continuing to change
connectedness vs separateness
Predictability vs Novelty
the desire for the relationship to be predictable versus the desire for surprises in a relationship
Openness vs Closeness
the desire to be open and share information versus the desire to obtain some privacy.
Responding to only one side of the tension, while ignoring the other
Escaping the tension by ending the relationship
Focused on time. One
way is dominant at a
given time, but there is
a shift to privilege the
other(s) later.
Choosing to deal with one side of the tension in one area of life, and the other side of the tension in another area of life.
compromising between two opposing tensions
Develop behaviors that will satisfy both sides on the tension at the same time.
rearranging a tension so there is no longer any opposition
Accepting the tension as a normal and healthy part of a relationship
Using the Theory
This theory is useful for every individual’s life and the relationships within it.
it has been used in studies concerning education, love, race, and family relationships.
Based on Jim Harvey's speech structures
"the experience of practicing"
The desire to be connected with others/mate but also wanting to separate yourself as an unique individual.
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