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Relational Dialectic

Comm Theory - Relational Dialectics

relational dialectics a dynamic knot of contradictions in personal relationships; an unceasing interplay between contrary or opposing tendencies
3 dialectics that affect relationships integration/separation, stability/change, expression/nonexpression
internal dialectics ongoing tensions played out within a relationship
external dialectics ongoing tensions between a couple and their community
integration-separation a class of relational dialectics that includes connection-autonomy, inclusion-seclusion, and intimacy-independence
stability-change a class of relational dialectics that includes certainty-uncertainty, conventionality-uniqueness, predictability-surprise, and routine-novelty
expression-nonexpression a class of relational dialectics that includes openness-closedness, revelation-concealment, candor-secrecy, and transparency-privacy
dialogue communication that is constitutive, always in flux, capable of achieving aesthetic moments
constitutive dialoge communication that creates, sustains, and alters relationships and the social world; social construction
utterance chains the central building blocks of meaning-making, where utterances are linked to competing discourses already heard as well as those yet to be spoken
dialectical flux the unpredictable, unfinalizable, indeterminate nature of personal relationships
spiraling inversion switching back and forth between two contrasting voices, responding first to one pull, then the other
segmentation a compartmentalizing tactic by which partners isolate different aspects of their relationship
aesthetic moment a fleeting sense of unity through a profound respect for disparate voices in dialogue
critical sensibility an obligation to critique dominant voices, especially those that suppress opposing view-points; a responsibility to advocate for those who are muted
consequentialist ethics judging actions solely on the basis of their beneficial or harmful outcomes
principle of veracity truthful statements are preferable to lies in the absence of special circumstances that overcome the negative weight
Created by: moogoogaiboo