Essay about Relational Dialectics

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Relational Dialectics Theory
Danielle Parker
Missouri State University
Dr. Isabelle Baumann
April 30th, 2012

Literature Review Imagine a world without communication. There would be a lack of spoken word, gestures; anything that the world uses to interconnect would be eliminated. All in all, our civilization as a whole would fall apart. Communication is one of the major roles in a functioning society. It can be broken up into several different subcategories, from verbal, non-verbal or emotion-driven. Communication sends signals to those around us and shows how language is such a prevalent part of one’s society. One thing that all forms of communication have in common is that it strikes a response or reaction. Different
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There is a major difference between being what one shares when being open with a friend and being open with a loved one. For every relational situation change, the contradictions that are focused on tend to change as well. Totality focuses in a different direction, although the definition is somewhat stated in the name. Totality is the sense of feeling total or fulfilled. In the relational dialectics theory this is very important because of the fact that in a relationship you want to be able to feel like you are whole and satisfied within the relationship. With process, the theory discusses the social aspect of dialectics. Movement and change are two prime examples of process, because it is the act of moving through different properties of a relationship (Sahlstein, 2009). Finally when discussing Praxis, it is understood that praxis is when a theory or a lesson is put into action. Baxter explains that these patterns of realization are most identifiable during pivotal moments within a relationship (Baxter, 2009). Although all four of these concepts are used within relational dialectics, contradictions tend to be the most important and often used within a relationship. A great example is the different contradictions that come into play is the relationship patterns within a military relationship. Sahlstein, the author of Contradictions and Praxis Contextualized by Wartime
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