Affectionate and Supportive Communication: an Analysis

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In everyday life, there are numerous examples of affectionate and supportive communication. This is no more evident than in the video segments. In this paper, the concept under discussion is affectionate and supportive communication will be analyzed with regards to the video segments, “The Hospital” and “Sam’s Graduation Party.” The behaviors of affectionate and supportive communication were used effectively in the video segment called “The Hospital” because Susan listened effectively, gave appropriate nonverbal feedback, and did not yell at her mother. The behaviors of affectionate and supportive communication were not used effectively in the video segment called “Sam’s Graduation Party” because Sam sent inappropriate nonverbal messages towards his former senior advisor, Doctor Stern. Theoretical Perspective

The definition of affection is “the holding of fond or tender feelings toward another person” (Pearson, Nelson, Titsworth, Harter, 2003, p.191). Affection may be expressed by such verbal messages as “I love you” or “I care for you.” Affection may also expressed by such nonverbal messages as a kiss, a hug, or a caress. “The importance of affection in human social interaction has been heralded for some time. For example, Rotter, Chance, and Phares (1972) referred to ‘love and affection’ as one of six fundamental human needs. Frank (1973) and Koch (1959) both stressed the importance of affection and warmth in therapeutic interventions” (Floyd, 1997, p.68). Affectionate communication is not one hundred percent certain. Various things state whether or not specific affection is appropriate. “Affectionate behaviors may not always be interpreted by receivers in the way they are intended by sender. Much risk in expressing affection is due to its ambiguous nature. A hug, a wink, or a kiss on the cheek can be intended to express many things, including platonic love, romantic interest, appreciation, and social support” (Floyd and Morman, 2000, p. 287). It is...
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