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1: If you are in a relationship, describe its present stage and the behaviors that characterize your communication in this stage. Give specific examples to support your assessment.
I am in a monogamous relationship and have been married for seven years in May. Our relationship is the differentiating phase. Aaron and I are in differentiating stage because I am more to the point of me in place of us. I want to have a career, I want have a job, I want to come home to a cooked meal, and I want help around the house. What “roles” use to be set is not appropriate for this stage in our lives. This causes conflict and causes an unsettling balance in our scale of a relationship. The stress of Aaron’s fibromyalgia, my cancer, and continuous financial strain, raising children, etc. caused extreme difficulty. We are at a point where we have realized while we are still in love and happy together, we must be individuals that come together to form a relationship, not just two people who try to be one.
2: Discuss the trend of the communication in terms of the stages described in this chapter. Are you likely to remain in the present stage, or do you anticipate movement to another stage? Which one explain your answer
I believe we are edging toward the circumscribing stage where our communication has become stagnate. There is less effort as a two way communication and it is more one sided I suppose. I want to discuss a budget, bills, kids, etc. and speaking to my husband about money is like talking about it with a brick wall. Or there is less back and forth communication. It is one way communication either me expressing what I deem important and of course Aaron has no desire to discuss or vice versa. One of us is opting from mental withdrawal whether we are mentally drained, or overwhelmed it causes a decrease in the quality of our conversation and in the quantity.

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