According to Lee (2008), although communication issues are inevitable, couples usually make the situation worse through verbal confrontation as exhibited in the shows. Their inability to communicate well leads to accusations that only worsen the complexity of conflicts. As an individual, I believe that effective communication is one major step towards solving conflicts whether in reality or a show.
During my teenage years, I was curious about understanding what keeps married people going and what goes on in the lives. This prompted me to read many articles on the topic so as to gain a deeper understanding. As I grew older, my curiosity continued to grow, and I began observing couples within my extended family and my neighbourhood. One thing that was clear from my findings was that no matter how complex a problem is it can always be solved through consensus. Consensus can be attained through various modes of communication. As Lee (2008) explains, verbal behavior as a mode of communication is a key determinant of conflict resolution and when properly articulated it can always solve conflicts. Personally I have come to despise the use of violence and other aggressive behaviors among couples when they are expressing their grievances. For instance in the study, couples in the television show use tactics such as aggressive silence, counterattack and complaints to try and solve issues.
When couples are unable to solve personal conflicts, they sometimes seek help from television mediators. The study acknowledges the fact that Korean television shows such as Komkwa yewu and Kkolika kilmyen caphinta have played a major role in providing therapy to couples. Back in the day I had the perception that television mediated conflicts had no significant implication in terms of conflict management. I now realize that I was wrong probably because I had never witnessed conflicts that had been solved using such techniques. During the past few years, I have been