Final Paper Interpersonal Skills

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By: Vimary Diaz
COM200: Interpersonal Skills
Course Number: GSL1244B
Instructor: Robert Olson
November 20, 2012

TABLE OF CONTENT
1. Introduction
2. Explain the principles and the misconceptions in effective interpersonal communications. 3. Identify the barriers to effective interpersonal interactions. 4. Describe the process by which self-concept is developed and maintained. 5. Assess their personal communications and improve their communication competencies. 6. Develop strategies for active, critical, and empathic listening. 7. Conclusion

The world of communication has certainly changed in the past twenty years. We now have a different way to meet people all over the world without leaving the U.S. In the past ten years I have noticed the change in the way others meet their mates and establish relationships that seem to last longer and end in marriages that seem to work better than the traditional way. In our busy world of careers and the demands of our busy life styles, it seems like the most logical and twenty first century way to get the right partner or if you prefer the partner of the hour. When dating online you only have communication to build on. One is not hindered by their looks or feelings of inadequacy because their visuals have been replaced with relying on different types of communication. I have a couple who I think would really benefit from my advice.

Dear Jose and Maribel,
Let me start by saying congratulations on your marriage. It is an honor that you both would like advice on how to effectively communicate in your relationship. In taking an interpersonal communication course, I have learned several concepts that I would like to share with you throughout this letter. Communication is important in developing and maintaining relationships. We communicate every day and learning how to effectively do so will strengthen your relationships both personally and professionally. We begin communicating from the time we are born. As we grow and mature so does our ability to communicate. Although communication can be challenging, understanding what communication is, how each of you communicate, the power of verbal and nonverbal expressions, the ability to listen, control emotions and understanding misconceptions, will make for a better, healthier relationship. Let me explain: To say it is inescapable simply means that we cannot say we do not communicate or vice versa because we all communicate through our body language, our attitudes, tone of voice and our facial expressions. Even when you are angry and don’t speak to each other you communicate in your silence. Think about the “you only get one time to make a first impression,” Meaning we all judge people by our perception of them due to how they behave; words out of the mouth cannot be taken back once “the cat is out of the bag.” Interpersonal Communication is complicated because of the number of variables involved; even simple requests are extremely complex. Theorists note that whenever we communicate there are really at least six ‘people’ involved: 1) who you think you are 2) who you think the other person is 3) who you think the other person thinks you are 4) who the other person thinks he/she is 5) who the other person thinks you are and 6) who the other person thinks you think he/she is. (King, Donnell) If communication is given a chance to fail it will. If a message can be understood in different ways, it will be understood in just that way, which is when it does the most harm. The more communication there is, the more difficult it is for communication to fail. According to King, communication does not happen in isolation. There are five different contexts for us to look at; there is Psychological context, which is who you are and what you bring in the interaction (your needs, desire, and personality). Rational context, this concerns your reaction to the other person. Situational context,...
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