Now, in considering this interdependent web of structural, relational, and contextual patterns of interactional paradoxes, what implications for further study emerge? The pressure to produce "results" in research (especially quantifiable results) is strong, and any possibility of operational formalism is sure to be exploited. This is the path of conventional revisionism in social and behavioral science, and crowded as the path may be with bodies of bright ideas led down it ("credibility," "cognitive dissonance," "self-disclosure," "egoinvolvement," "communication apprehension," etc.), it is the way that most know best. There is a certain ephemeral security in being able to"tie an idea down" even knowing, as did Wordsworth, "we murder to dissect." But paradox will put up a good fight. For those who choose to tangle in this fashion, their work is cut out (albeit in the form of a Mobius strip).
Alternatively, in resisting the temptations of operational monism one can use paradox in one way as an early crude model for the shape that interac-
tional concepts might take, moving then laterally to develop similarly rich metaphors in an aformalistic spirit of discovery. Or one might move to enlarge, rather than reduce, the idea by exploring its descriptive power at many different levels over a wide range of contexts.
Whatever the case, an idea that has endured for 2,500 years in philosophy is likely to survive whether relegated to the dark side of interpersonal communication or viewed more properly held up to the light.
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