Week One Assignment
Annette Renee Daggit
August 4, 2011
"Close Relationships Sometimes Mask Poor Communication"
After reading the above article, I felt disappointment, and I do not agree. It is my opinion that my spouse and I communicate very well; I said to my spouse "I'm hot" (from the statement in the article). His response was what I expected, "Do you want me to turn on the AC, or the fan?" "Our problem in communicating with friends and spouses is that we have an illusion of insight. Getting close to someone appears to create the illusion of understanding more than actual understanding." Epley (2011) this statement confuses me, when I looked up illusion (a word I felt did not belong) it started out with "action of mocking," "a mistaken idea," and "misleading visual image." Webster's Dictionary (2007) to me an illusion is a fantasy. I do not imagine that my spouse understands me; I feel he knows me very well. He has been taking care of me for five years because of an illness that caused the loss of my right hand and the tips of two fingers on my left hand. Then I had respiratory problems and stopped breathing, I died three times from that. My kidneys failed and I have dialysis three times a week. He has watched me go through a very hard time, he knows me inside and out. Example: I was sleeping too much and not eating, everything I tried to eat came back up, my spouse knew something was wrong and insisted I go to the hospital, I do not like going to the...