Discuss the role of communication in maintaining relationships
attributions in the maintenance of relationships
Study to use:
Fletcher et al. (1987) and/or
Bradbury and Fincham (1990)
theory of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Ė communication that
predicts marital dissatisfaction
Making dispositional attributions (e.g. attacking the partnerís personality
or character with the intent of making the partner wrong).
Attacking the partnerís sense of self with the intention to insult or
psychologically abuse him or her (e.g. hostility, sarcasm, mockery).
Seeing yourself as a victim (e.g. making excuses by referring to factors out
of your control, cross-complaining Ė listening to your partnerís complaint
but returning it with a complaint of your own).
Withdrawing from the relationship as a way to avoid (e.g. by silent
treatment, monosyllabic response, or changing the subject.