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Using Effective Communication in Intimate Relationships

Speech 5

Santa Monica College

Using Effective Communication in Intimate Relationships

I. Introduction

A. Statement of Problem

Communication “can be understood as the practice of producing meanings, and the ways in which systems of meanings are negotiated by participants in a culture” (Schirato and Yell 1). Effective communication is imperative to creating healthy relationships in general. Specifically, what we will be addressing in this paper is how effective/ineffective communication can make or break intimate relationships. We are also analyzing effective/ineffective communication within arguments in intimate relationships, what the main issues are that contribute to conflict within these relationships, and what are the different outcomes in the dispute resolution process. The article we used to develop our questionnaire and ultimately the subject basis of this research paper is “19 Steps to Effective Communication”, taken from We took these points, and created questions to analyze if our subjects were using the tactics described within the article to be effective in exercising their communication skills within their intimate relationships. This paper serves to analyze the results of our 15-question questionnaire.

Our paper serves to analyze how age and level of education affects different types of intimate relationships (i.e. casual dating, boyfriend/girlfriend, engaged, and married). We correlate excuses/assumptions and whether they are submissive or outspoken; and how education level plays a part in these types of responses within arguments in intimate relationships. Throughout the article, we reference the original article, “19 Steps to Effective Communication”, seeking to determine if adhering to the “Steps” is indeed effective in achieving open and healthy intimate relationships, and how deterring from the “Steps” can lead to unhealthy, closed communication. In analyzing the latter, we identify signs leading toward the dissolution of intimate relationships. We hope that, ultimately, this research will lead ourselves, and others, to more beneficially and effectively communicate in the creation of healthy intimate relationships.

Literature Review
In our research paper, “Using Effective Communication in Intimate Relationships”, our goal is to find what works and what doesn’t for effective communication in real life. The books and article below focus on “magic words” and body language signals we give off that may skew the message in our favor or against us. Many of the words and signals we use day to day can be perceived differently by others and may be the cause of why you cannot seem to get what you want out of life. Whether it is something as simple as asking someone to complete a task, or as life changing as having your partner understand who you are and what you want out of the relationship, using effective communication is essential for creating healthy, balanced relationships and getting what you want out of the relationship.

As described in the journal article, “Linking Worldview, Relationship Attitudes, and Behavioral Outcomes: Implications for the Study and Practice of Public Relations” (Bruning), one of the key facets of “communicating in relationships” is relationship management. This article is about the idea that the practice of public relations is relationship management. Recent research has begun to explore ways in which adaptations of interpersonal relationship-building strategies can be incorporated into an organization-public relationship context. The results of this research show that when existing or potential customers view the world differently from the organization, relational dissatisfaction can result, which can lead to relationship termination. The findings from this investigation suggest that relationship...
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