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Relationship Paper
Relationships is what keep human beings connected, its one of the basic necessities of survival. There are many different types of relationships, however all of them require at least some form of commitment, understanding, and effort. The book “Real Communication: An Introduction” by Dan O’Hair and Mary Wiemann serves as a foundation to better ourselves in communication as well as relationships. I will be using the movie “Pineapple Express” (2008) produced by Judd Apatow and Shauna Robertson (IMDb), as an example of an Interpersonal realtionship. The story line focuses on Dale Denton a Process Server who is addicted to Marijuana and fellow drug dealer Saul Silver a gentle and compassionate young man. The movie follows the journey of these two acquaintances that develop an unlikely strong friendship through struggles in the face of danger. In this paper I will argue that Perception, Interaction appearance theory, and interpersonal communication are some of the most important factors in the process of creating and stabilizing relationships. To prove my argument I will discuss the effects of Interaction appearance and the relationship stages as it applies to the film. The book provides us with the definition of Perception as a “cognitive process through which we interpret our experiences and come to our unique understandings.” (O’Hair and Wiemann, 38)This simply means that each person has their own thoughts and feelings over a certain situation or person. In the movie, Dale has a negative perception on drug dealers which leads to him stereo typing, ironically his “supplier” (Saul) thinks of him as a close friend. Dale is quoted in the opening scenes saying, “Have you ever dealt with a drug dealer? Its terrible, its weird, its awkward.”(Pineapple Express) We can assume that when dealing with Saul, he feels uncomfortable with his presence. Another way of proving this is by examining his facial expressions surrounding him. On the other hand, Saul...
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