Conflict Ritual

Instructions: Read the directions carefully.

Describe one negative conflict ritual in one of your important relationships.

1. A subject that is likely to trigger the conflict (such as, money, leisure time, affection, decisions about children, relatives, etc.)

2. The behavior of one partner that initiates the ritual

3. The series of responses by both partners that follows the initiating event

4. How the ritual ends

Based on your description, explain an alternative to the unsatisfying ritual, and describe how you might be able to change the way you manage the conflict in a more satisfying way. Use concepts and information from the chapter to support your alternative approach.