I think that a family is one of the most sophisticated relational entities, yet, fundamentally, most people get to experience. Connection-autonomy dialectic is one of the sophistications that one must manage through parenting styles, mutual understanding and effective communication.
Parenting style affects the perception of a child to society. For instance, authoritative parenting retains authority and control with the parent while accommodating a child’s desire for independence. Through social observation, children in such families adapt to the boundaries of connection and autonomy that they find in their families.
Mutual understanding entails both parties in the dialectic, explaining precisely their thoughts about the relationship. It is important in the context of a couple since each partner could have a different perspective concerning connection and autonomy, as learned in their past experiences. This understanding should be mutual, such that no one party is discriminated.
Additionally, effective communication helps in explaining one’s thoughts about connection and autonomy peacefully (Anderson 10). A conflict may arise where two family members have varied attitudes or perceptions towards the dialectic, which necessitates explanations. Such situations require effective communication to foster mutual understanding.
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Often, the connection-autonomy dialect results in tension, which a family can cope through constructive argument. That is, adopting an inferential leap, appreciating another person’s rationale, and choosing one of the conflicting claims. A family may also optimize all the claims in the dialect by analyzing each member’s choice.
Anderson, Jared R. “Inviting Autonomy Back To The Table: The Importance Of Autonomy For Healthy Relationship Functioning”. Journal Of Marital And Family Therapy, vol 46, no. 1, 2019, pp. 3-14. Wiley, doi:10.1111/jmft.12413. Accessed 15 July 2020.