Guided Response: Consider ways in which you might like to interact with your peers. For
example, did you learn about the communication theories from the responses of your peers?
Respond to 2 classmates, 100 responses each.
Much of what we know about how we communicate and engage on a daily basis is guided by
theory. Theories provide useful and informative frames of reference that help explain
different phenomena. Have you ever tried to understand the motivation behind a person’s
actions or habits? Or perhaps questioned a technique or approach a professional might use
when working with a client? If so, it is more than likely that some type of theory was
involved. In this discussion, you will have an opportunity to read about various
communication theories and describe them within different contexts.
Read the following communication theories: Constructivism , Attachment (Links to an
external site.), Communication Accommodation (Links to an external site.),
and Attribution (Links to an external site.).
Initial Post: Reflect on the significance and application of the theories presented and prepare
a 300-word minimum post that sufficiently addresses each of the items below:
Briefly describe each of the communication theories that are presented.
Describe how two of the communication theories can be applied in a health and human
services setting. For example, how can constructivist theory be used to understand
people’s views of the world in human services work? How can levels of attachment, as
related to the attachment theory, be used by human service professionals to understand
Week 1 Discussion 2 - Communication Theory
Communication Accommodation Theory - When we talk to people we pick up on their way
of speaking, either we pick up their accents or types of words. By picking up people's way of
speaking sometimes can make that person think you are making fun of them.
Communication Accommodation Theory used to be called Speech Accommodation Theory.
Attribution Theory - Our Attribution is driven by our emotional and motivational drives,
Blaming others and avoiding to take responsibility are very real self-serving attributions
sometimes we will tend to blame victims, beware of losing trust by blaming others also
making excuses that lead you to repeat the mistakes.
Constructivism - Is the core idea that people have experiences through which they come to
understand their worlds, It contributes some important insight to interpersonal
communication. It helps to find new and deeper significance in what a person is
Attachment - Infants have a sense of bonding with their mother and this includes sucking
and clinging. There are 3 phrases of separation, protest, despair, denial or detachment. Babies
whose mothers have been more responsive to their crying during the early months now tend
to cry less.
Attachment can be applied in a health service setting when you are working with children it
helps you understand why they may need more attention than others perhaps they didn't
have a high level of attachment with their mother at the time of birth.
Attribution Theory in a Human Services setting gives us a sense of control when explaining
behavior. When you make a mistake you tend to blame others instead of taking
responsibility for it. Making excuses when you continue to make the same mistake in a work
environment won't help you in understanding a client's needs, if you take responsibility for
your actions it will make your client develop more trust in you and what you are trying to
assist them with.
Based on the articles attached above:
Constructivism Theory is that people giving meaning to their worlds through their
experiences within it. This creates "constructs" to that continuously contribute to the those
meanings of our worlds.
Attachement Theory was based on the attached between and mother and her infant. When
there are attachments present whether one way or two way, seperations causes different
phases of response; Protest, Despair, and Denial are all phases that ultimately produces
distress and sadness.
Communication Accommodation (also speech accommadation theory) Theory describes that
as humans when conversing with others people subconscoiusly and unknowling adapt and or
mirror the communication style of the listener and vice versa. This can be welcomed because
for some it can be signaling aggreeance, while on the other hand dispised because it can
signal as being mimiced or "over familiar." And the there are those people that are
themselves and present their personalities being totally different from the listener.
Attribution theory is all about how people use internal and external attributes based on what
drives us. aacording to the article our attributions are driven by our emotional and
motivational drives. It is said that human tend to used internal atrributes (blaming) for others
"erred" or failures but for personal failures or loses become external attributes(excuses).
Within the health and human services world I believe the attachement theory can be
successful in a way that a clients is attached to the services provided and or the personal
giving the services. As a professional we never want to cross line with professional / client
relationship by no means however establishing rapport is very pertinent is getting trust from
a client. Trust that their needs will be met by the services rendered and trust with the
personal aiding in it produces cooperation, and overall better outcomes. Just like the baby
getting their needs met by their mother.
Constructivism can be used t o understanding someone's view through their experiences. A
client with harsh experiences can have completely differently responses to a caregiver versus
the one who has had better experiences. People became to become biased towards situations
base on experiences. As a provider rendering any services, there is always a need to know
history and previous encounters to understand how clients will or will not understand the
information given to them. As professionals in human services it is also pertinent to produce
great experiences as best as possible to shape future "constructs" for every client moving
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