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Communications Ch 8

Building Common Ground in Interpersonal Relationships

TermDefinition
Accommodation: Sacrificing, in whole or in part, your own preferences and points of view.
Autonomy: The desire to retain independence.
Avoidance: Attempting to evade conflict.
Change: The need for novelty and new experiences.
Coercion: Psychologically or physically forcing the other person to accept your point of view.
Collaboration: Working together to reach consensus.
Communication Climate: The way people feel about their interactions with others, either in relationships or in groups.
Compromise: Giving up something in order to find an acceptable solution to the problem.
Conflict: A condition of disharmony and disagreement that exists when people who depend on one another see their needs, beliefs and values, or goals as incompatible.
Connection: The need to be included in a relationship.
Constructive Responses to Conflict: Communication characterized by cooperation, shared interests, flexibility, open discussion, and support of differences.
Destructive Responses to Conflict: Communication characterized by competition, self-centeredness, hostility and defensiveness.
Dialectical Tensions: Ongoing, changing needs that are often opposite or contradictory.
Expression: The need to be or have others be open, candid, and confiding.
High Context: An interaction style in which people expect others to figure out implicit meanings based on the situation or the relationship between communicators.
Low Context: An interaction style in which communicators expect information to be direct and explicit.
Participation: The level of communication where we accept others who are different as unique, valuable, and integrated into our lives.
Passive Aggression: Indirect expression of hostility, often through the use of humor, guilt or inconsiderate behavior.
Persuasion: Attempting to get others to change their point of view.
Privacy: The need to be or have others be restrained, circumspect, and distant.
Resistance: The level of communication where we judge others who are different and avoid or reject them.
Respect: The level of communication where we begin to see value in the ways that others are different.
Stability: The need to control our environment through safe and conventional routines.
Tolerance: The level of communication where we are willing to acknowledge that differences exist.
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