Letter of Advice
COM200: Interpersonal Communication
Instructor: Kristine Ouzts
September 3, 2012
Letter of Advice Outline
Dear Sebrina and John,
A Thesis Statement
It I so amazing that you have decided to become husband and wife. Thank you so much for allowing me to give you advice on communicating with each other. You can learn so many interpersonal communication skills but if you do not apply them to your marriage then you might end up getting a divorce. “There are many interpersonal communication skills that will help couples to communicate effectively (Sole, 2011)”. In order for you to understand communication skills and be able to apply them in your marriage, I will only focus on five of them. “Effective communication skills enable a couple to express their thoughts and feelings, they are able to effectively listen to their spouse, as well as knowing that that they are being heard and understood (Sole, 2011)”. The five skills are: emotional intelligence and its role in effective interpersonal relationships, self -disclosure, principles and misconceptions in communication, recognize how words have the power to create and affect attitudes, and identify the barriers to effective interpersonal interactions. Relationships are not based on how much we love other but it is also built on how you can communicate with each other. Each Body paragraph #1 - Topic Sentence #
Define emotional intelligence and its role in effective interpersonal relationships. Supporting Evidence
“Emotional intelligence is the ability of an individual to properly and adequately identify, evaluate and control ones emotion or that of a particular group of people (Sole, 2011)”. Explanation
When you get married it is really important that you have an emotional foundation in order to have a long marriage. Emotional intelligence helps you in your relationship so that you will have patience when life throws you a curve ball. When you are stressed out we all tend to lash out at the person that is near us and sometimes that person is our partner. “Emotional intelligence helps in understanding personal motivations, feelings and needs which helps in understanding how to communicate effectively to a partner (Sole, 2011)”. If we have a strong emotional intelligence we should be able to read people and know how they are feeling. If we allow ourselves to rely on emotional intelligence then a lot of arguments would not happen. So What?
Emotional intelligence allows a person to understand what it is like between damaging and effective communication. Maybe it will allow you as a couple to not have conflict with each other but to build your relationship with one another. Body paragraph #2 - Topic Sentence #2
The next step is to evaluate the appropriate levels of self-disclosure in . Relationships.
“Self-disclosure is a type of interpersonal communication and it means revealing private information that individuals believe they own and have a right to control (Sole, 2011)”. Explanation
Self-disclosure is a major concept of interpersonal communication and in every relationship, especially marriage, we use self-disclosure wither we realize it or not.” As you will learn when you are married, self-disclosure will bring you closer together (Burns, 2012)”. As you share with each other, you will continue to grow closer as a couple. When you disclose information in your marriage it will allow you to better understand each other. It takes both of you to make your marriage last and when you are in a relationship you never truly know everything about each other. Every day or every week make it a point to learn something knew about each other.
In a relationship, if you tell the truth and don’t lie, then others will have an abundance of respect for you. ”People who are viewed speaking truth about themselves earn respect and admiration for their inner strength to come out...
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