chapter  6
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Renewed View

Working and writing on theoretical frontiers involve taking chances, as one exchanges familiar ground for alien territory. The main aim of this monograph is the introduction of a new paradigm to guide research and intervention in the domain of interpersonal conflict behaviour. I left behind the common assumption that a conflicting individual uses only one single and pure mode of behaviour, replacing it with the assumption that any reaction consists of multiple components of behaviour manifested simultaneously or sequentially. In addition, I also left behind the common assumption that modes of conflict behaviour have mutually independent effects, replacing it with the assumption that components of behaviour intermediate or moderate each other's impact on the substantive and relational outcomes of the conflict (for an illustration of both behavioural complexity and complexity of behavioural effects, see the Box "Constructive Controversy by a Senior Nurse").