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The theory of interpersonal dialectics presents the idea that relationships are characterized
by the continuous tensions of contradictory impulses. In other words, as the individual interacts
with others, opposing but dependent impulses will be manifested. These impulses will define the
way in which relationships between individuals will develop. These relationships, which are not
lineal or unchanging, will be determined, too, by the way in which communication is carried out;
communication, too, will be determined by this dialectical relationship. There are three main
dialectical relationships that are studied under this theory: integration-separation, stability-change,
and expression-privacy (Cools, 2011). Each one of these relationships is divided into two versions
of themselves: internal and external – the former deals with the way the individuals in a
relationship interact with one another and the latter deals with the way they interact with the
community (Cools, 2011). One also needs to consider that in any interaction culture will also play
a part in determining the manifestation of this dialectical relationships. In communication, there
will be aspects that are “individual and idiosyncratic … as well as aspects that are shared by others
in the same cultural groups” (Martin & Nakayama, 2010, pp. 15). Because of the influence that
culture has on communication, as well as other aspects of daily life, it will also be manife...