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There are many factors that contribute to strong relationships Some of the key elements are communication trust and forgiveness In Judith Guests novel Ordinary People there are several relationships where these elements are portrayed They are illustrated either in a positive or negative manner usually between several family members One element that helps relationships become strong and keeps people together is communication Communication can hold a relationship tightly together whereas a lack of communication can tear it apart One example of good communication in a relationship is demonstrated between Dr Berger and Conrad Jarrett One of the only people that Conrad feels comfortable talking to and showing all of his emotions is Dr Berger Dr Berger wants Conrad to communicate with him and gives him good reasons for doing so by saying Thats what happens when you bury this junk kiddo It keeps resurfacing Wont leave you alone Page 109 Berger says that because he is trying to get Conrad to open the lines of communication with everyone so that everything does not become buried in the closet Communication is a vital component of all relationships and when it is missing it can make people miserable In Conrads relationship with his mother Beth they do not go out of their way to talk to each other and their conversations are superficial and trivial Some reasons that they do not talk to each other probably has to do with the fact that they are too much alike stubborn and will not admit to their innermost feelings One example of miscommunication occurred when Beth learned at a meeting that her son had quit the swim team She came home very angry because Conrad had not tried to discuss his decision to quit with his parents Never mind she says Its meant for me Isnt it I wish I knew Conrad why it is still so important for you to try to hurt me Page 101 Apparently there
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