Communication and Identity

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Communication and Identity
Kappella University

Communication and identity, how do these words come together? Can they work together? In most instances people would say no, but in all actuality they can and do more often than one knows. Depending on which channels you use and in which context, the way you communicate along with your identity will undergo some modifications. Throughout this paper I will discuss what I've learned from Chapter two of Communication in a Changing World by Bethami A. Dobkin & Roger C. Pace about the relationship between communication and identity. I will also discuss my results from taking the Self-Perceived Competence Scale Test (SPCC). Lastly this paper will discuss the differences in when I communicate with gender, cultural and social identities in both a face-to-face and online environments.

Communication is the process of creating and sharing meaning through the use of symbol whereas identity is the conception of yourself as a member of group or category (Dobkin & Pace, 2006). The relationship between communication and identity is normal when communicating is usually from a social standpoint. The things we mostly communicate about our identity are either how we feel or the way we would like to come off to others. Communication is another form of representation. A lot of the times, we associate ourselves with either who we are or who we want to be. It is also what we go through or what we envision that determine the way we respond or what we say to others. For example, sex can very well determine your occupation and age can determine your hobbies or recreations. Sexual orientation can determine who your friends are and the places you will hang out and ethnicity can determine your opinions or the ethnicity of your peers.

Through the readings for this week, it is important to see where we stand in different situations. I've taken the Self-Perceived Competence Scale Test which showed me how competent I am...
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