Conflict in romantic relationship
Conflicts in romantic relationship
Conflicts occur in our relationship when we find dissimilarities in our opinion. It is very natural that disagreements come to the relationships, and conflicts occur. There are no interpersonal relationships without conflicts (Wood 230). Conflicts may also come in romantic relationships. Now, what is romantic relationship? As Wood says, self-concept, proximity, and similarity are the three main things which have greatest influences on initial attraction. Personal identity is the first thing to observe, then comes the proximity. When people can give time to each other, they may find similarities between them, and those similarities may lead to a romantic relationship (Wood 254). In this research, I’ll talk about heterosexual romantic relationship. Conflict acts as an indicator of interaction between people. When conflict arises in romantic relationship, it necessarily does not indicate the relationship is in danger. However, conflicts may bring problems in our relationships if we fail to manage them properly. Thus, we should know how conflicts may harm in our romantic life and how we should deal with conflicts (Wood, 2002/2003).
How we respond towards the conflicts There are many reasons that bring conflicts in our relationships. In romantic relationships, one partner becomes angry with other for several reasons. We need to handle the situations very carefully because no one can make us angry other than ourselves. We have our choices in a certain situation; we just need to pick the right choice (Page, 1998). For that, we need to know the responses to the conflicts. There are several ways to respond when conflict occurs. As Wood describes, Westerners response to conflicts can be of four types: 1. Exit response, 2. Neglect response, 3. Loyalty