Communication is central to all interpersonal conflicts. Interaction with others both generates
conflict and provides the means to manage conflicts. Interaction between people creates the
opportunity for conflict between them. That is, partners infer that they are in conflict by observing
each other's symbolic behavior. Likewise, our intention to express anxiety, frustration, desire,
resentment, anger, and so forth with the other person is made known through communication. When
we confront conflict issues, they become explicit in the exchange of messages. Conversely, we can
attempt to avoid disagreement by maneuvering around sensitive issues by carefully controlling what
we do and don't say.