317You live in a world of relationships. At work, at home, at school, in social and civic gatherings, even during the course of daily business, you deal with people all day long. Such relationships are the source of much satisfaction—they provide love, intimacy, support, stimulation, and the feeling of being part of a “tribe.” Yet relationships can also be the scourge of your life and one of the biggest sources of stress. Key Questions in the Chapter

How are stress and relationship problems related to one another?

What are some barriers to effective interpersonal communication and resolving personal conflicts?

What does it mean to say that all conflicts involve interactive processes?

Is it important to assign blame and responsibility for a relationship conflict before a solution can be found?

What are the effects of abuse and sexual harassment on victims and bystanders?

What steps can you take to prevent being a victim of violence?

What are the key functions of conflict in terms of the benefits they might provide?

What are some ways to resolve interpersonal stress in your life?

What are some of the key principles in dealing with people who appear difficult?

What are the best predictors for divorce?

What are some of the most useful communication skills for improving relationships?

How is mindfulness related to effective interpersonal communication?

What are the four mindfulness communication skills?