Conflict Response Activity Part 2
Directions: Come up with the most complete and accurate responses to the following questions. The assignment is worth 50 points.
1. Describe the conflict(s) in the King of Queens episode briefly.The King of Queens episode consists mainly of Carrie and Doug, a married couple with personal conflicts; their conflict arises mainly from their activities or daily talks. For instance, Doug and Carrie argue about where to spend their vacation, and they can’t come up with a final agreement until Doug decides to toss the coin; fortunately for Doug, he wins the argument, but Carrie is not pleased. As you continue watching the episode, you notice that Carrie is short-tempered. The personal conflicts that they have can result from this; during a flashback, Carrie says that she is happier when other people are miserable. In general, their conflict is due to a lack of shared understanding and the differences in their character.
2. According to your text, were the above conflicts functional or dysfunctional, and why? The conflicts were functional, it is normal and healthy for a couple to argue, Carrie and Doug, and they state their reasons in each of their arguments. Carrie argued that having a dog walker walk his father was not a good idea; Doug argued that it was a good idea as it helped them create more free time together; Doug was right, though, but he was wrong for what he did. The conflict is functional as there is a point where Doug says, lets not fight about it’ the couple argues, but they still see a bit sense of understanding among themselves.
3. What conflict management styles did you see employed by the characters? Please give specific examples.Communication climate mainly involves communicating at the appropriate time when things seem to be at ease and explaining to the other person or to the victim why something happened. A good example is when Holly comes across Arthur at the dog park, she feels terrible for what she did and tries to explain to Arthur that she wants to break and resolve the conflict and misunderstanding between them. Arthur is ready to listen, and he understands her by saying that she did what she was supposed to do to earn money, and he is okay with it.
4. Come up with a possible collaborative resolution for Doug and Carrie. Describe how they should come up with the resolution.Doug and Carrie should have an open conversation where they state the things that seem to make their relationship not work; for instance, Carrie should state that she needs the freedom to eat in the open without hiding. In the episode, when Doug realizes women from Carrie’s side of the family gain weight in old age, he puts up rules for Carrie warning her against consuming too much food. Doug was wrong for this because, on the other hand, he was busy putting on weight; Doug is described as a junk food lover; he is unfair to his wife when he denies her the chance to eat. It is one of the issues that can be raised and discussed. These two are significant adults, and they should be able to talk matters out amongst themselves; they don’t need a coin-tossing to act as the clue to their problems. Another issue that can be aired in their conversation is the need for Carrie to stop being short-tempered and lashing people out, wildly lashing Doug out. Their resolution should not only involve the negative things but also matters such as Doug appreciating Carrie for helping him stand out and acknowledging her for trying to be romantic and loving to him. A resolution is created by having an open conversation, giving each other a chance to communicate, and paying keen and close attention.
Work CitedSaith, Ashwani. “King of Queens.” Ajit Singh of Cambridge and Chandigarh. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 2019. 149-174.
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