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Faculty Mentors

Dr. Mark Vail

Abstract

In every intimate relationship, there are bound to be some tensions couples will need to overcome in order to carry out successful partnerships and connections. Researchers and theorists study the tensions between couples in order to identify communication strategies that can be used to manage or diminish these dialectical tensions. By analyzing a fictional representation of a relationship, individuals may appreciate it and apply it as a model for their own real-life relationship. How is the theory of Relational Dialectics, as presented by Leslie Baxter and Barbara Montgomery, related to the relationship of Ross and Rachel from the television comedy Friends, and how can analyzing their tensions benefit others?

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