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Nell Towne Personal Conflict Styles

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In the article “Personal Conflict Styles” author Ronald B. Adler, Russell F. Proctor II, and Nell Towne teaches us that when communicating one’s needs in a conflict situation, there are clear differences between nonassertive, directly aggressive, passive aggressive, indirect, and assertive behaviors. Nonassertive is one of the behaviors one might show. Nonassertive is the inability or unwillingness to express thoughts or feelings in a conflict. Sometimes nonassertive comes from a lack of confidence. One study revealed that dating partners do not express roughly %40 of their relational grievances to one another. In contrast to non assertion, direct aggression occurs when a communicator expresses a criticism or demand that threatens the face
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