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Relational Dialectics
Leslie Baxter & Barbara Montgomery

Interpersonal Communication: Relationship Maintenance


Theory Overview (9th Edition)

Social life is a dynamic knot of contradictions, a ceaseless interplay between contradictory or opposing tendencies such as integration-separation, stability-change, and expression-nonexpression. Quality relationships are constituted through dialogue, which is an aesthetic accomplishment that produces fleeting moments of unity through a profound respect for the disparate voices. (Phenomenological tradition)

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