Module 4/ Assignment 2: “Relationship Analysis” Reflection Paper
July 24, 2009
Module 4/ Assignment 2: Reflection Paper 2
The type of relationship I will be analyzing is my friendship with Jeremy Orner. The relationship model that best describes this relationship would be the one developed by Mark Knapp (Knapp & Vangelisti, 2006) who broke down relationship development into ten steps. This model explains friendship throughout our ten years as friends, so far we have been through 9 of the ten steps; Initiating, Experimenting, Intensifying, Integrating, Bonding, Differentiating, Circumscribing, Stagnating, and Avoiding, Terminating would be the last step we have not gone through yet. I will describe all the stages that we have been through individually in each of the following paragraphs.
Initiating I meet Jeremy when I was 17 years old, I was introduced by a mutual friend Jason at a party that Jeremy and his brother Justin were having. Jason told me about this party that we should go to, I asked him who was throwing the party he said his friends Jeremy and Justin, I told him I didn't know them, he said he would introduced me to to them and that I would like them “they were cool”, I agreed to go. We drove up to Jeremy and Justin's house, we were greeted by Justin, who wasn't happy that Jason brought a stranger to his house, Jason talked with Justin while I sat in the car. Jason came back, I told him that I didn't feel welcomed here and that I was leaving, Jason managed to talk me into staying. I followed Jason to the back yard where there was a camp fire burning with some people I didn't know standing around it talking with each other. I walked up and was greeted by Jeremy with a handshake and he said “whats up, nice to meet you the beer is in the cooler, help yourself”. I thanked him and helped myself to the beer, I didn't speak with...