gest that such behavior may function in complex ways to stimulate relational evolution that otherwise would not have been within the normal means of the participants. To either exclude such possibilities from the realm of concern, or to ideologically define such actions as incapable of serving such functions, is to do damage to scholarly inquiry into the complexities of the human condition. In claiming this, we are not attempting by this question to recommend violence, but only to argue that such questions regarding the value and function of the darker strains of human interaction deserve to be asked and investigated. This is the primary motivation of this dark side compilation: to redress the imbalance of scholarly and popular attention to the benevolent forms of human intercourse.
Of course, the dark side was only barely explored in this volume. Numerous other topics litter the landscape of the scholarly alleyways. Jealousy, possessiveness, revenge, loneliness, depression, schizophrenia, enemyship, hassles, insult and invective, conflict, divorce, stalking, harassment, child abuse, incest, failure of support, unrequited love, and a host of other topics have received scholarly attention, yet have yet to be brought under the light of the dark side metaphor. We expect such topics to complete yet other volumes of dark side research. In the interim, it is hoped that the chapters here have begun to tip the scales back into a balance that places the darker sides of human nature into a more integrated picture of interpersonal interaction. As Duck indicated in this volume, the dark side is not a separate corner in the ballroom of human interaction, but an integral part of the architecture of daily interaction, and as such, needs to be conceptualized and understood in its own right.
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