A. We believe that arguments which end in the stage of the Early Reconciliation are not rare, and are beneficial to the development of a friendship, as:
i. Useful knowledge is learnt about the opposite party, such as which topics they should avoid discussing in the future.
ii. Not a lot of damage has been dealt on either side, as the argument was short lived, thus reducing the chance of resentment
B. We believe that arguments which end in the Reconciliation stage are most common, and are mostly beneficial to the development of a friendship, as:
i. Useful common knowledge is learnt about the opposite party.
ii. Damage might have been dealt, and either or both sides might hold silent resentment towards each other. However, this is temporary in most cases, but it will also slow down the progression of the friendship during its existence.
C. We believe that arguments that progress to the Grudge do occur occasionally, but they are not very common. We believe that whether they’re beneficial or not depends on the method of tying up the loose ends:
i. We believe arguments, which end with The Apology, are a bit more common than the ones that end with As if it had Never Happened. They are beneficial, due to the knowledge acquired and the assured forgiveness of each other, reducing the chance of resentment afterwards.
ii. If an argument ends in the As if it had Never Happened way, it is partly beneficial, because again, knowledge is gained in the process, but resentment due to damage received and the uncertainty of the opposite’s party forgiveness may delay the progress of the friendship also. This resentment may last longer than the one inflicted by an argument ending in the stage of Reconciliation, but it should not be hard to remove.
iii. An argument ending in the Indefinite Silent Treatment is of course, extremely not beneficial to a friendship, as it indicates extreme resent and hatred, with no reconciliation. However, we think that arguments very rarely end in this style.