The Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication

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Regardless of the ubiquitous dark side of family interactions, a dialogic stance proposes that the bright side occurs hand in hand with the dark. Although all families experience at least some of the negative communication patterns described in this chapter, we would be remiss not to mention that most people do not suffer severe adverse effects as a result. Families may even offer tangible benefits to their members, perhaps because of the balancing effect of the bright side of family interaction. For example, married people are happier, less stressed, and experience fewer mental and physical impairments than single people (see Coombs, 1991). Indeed, most of us have survived and flourished thanks to (or despite) our families.


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