“The presence of conflict does not indicate that a relationship is unhealthy or in trouble, although how partners manage conflict does influence relational health (Wood, 2016). This artifact analysis will focus on how interpersonal conflict is defined, oriented, and communicated as seen in a scene from Rick and Morty. Specifically, which conflict criteria are met, which conflict orientation styles are used, and the constructive and destructive processes found in the short clip. When an issue is established between two people, it is healthy to engage in conflict in order to resolve differences.
Conflict is generally defined by four criteria: expressed tension, interdependence, perceived incompatible goals, and the need for resolution (Wood,…show more content… A win-lose orientation assumes that there can only be one winner in a conflict. This type of conflict can cause problems in a relationship, because it is generally followed by dissatisfaction and resentment from the ‘loser’ of the argument (Wood, 2016). The best solution to conflict is a win-win orientation. Everyone involved must be satisfied with the end result, and this may include compromise by both sides.
At the end of the clip, Rick and Morty have come to an agreement. Morty will choose their next adventure, and if it’s a good one, then Morty will get to choose every tenth adventure. This bet between Morty and Rick allows them both to view themselves as the ‘winner’ of the argument. This might seem like an indication of a win-win orientation, but because they both view the other as the ‘loser’ of the argument, the conflict actually has a win-lose orientation. Morty believes that his adventure will be great, and that he will be allowed to pick more adventures in the future, but Rick believes that Morty’s adventure will be lame and therefore, Rick will continue to pick all future adventures. Had Rick compromised and allowed Morty to pick every tenth adventure, without meeting the conditions of a bet, then the conflict would have had a win-win orientation.
Communication in conflict can be both constructive and destructive. Those who communicate constructively, or productively, emphasize both themselves and