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In a 4-6 page paper you will analyze one of your own interpersonal relationships by using the human relations concepts you have learned this quarter. You will begin your paper by using Module 01's assignment: Identifying Developmental Needs to define your own values, belief systems, traits, and background.

Next incorporate Module 2 and 3's assignments to include some of the particular dynamics involved in your relationship as well as a plan to adopt a more supportive communication style.

  • How do these concepts and dynamics change depending on the situation or topic?

  • What strategies will you use to improve your interactions with your relationship?

  • What role(s) do you play in the relationship?

  • What role(s) does your partner play?

Give specific examples to support your claims and to illustrate your points. Be creative in your approach but remember - your reflection and discussion MUST reference specific terms, concepts, and ideas from our interpersonal relations studies this quarter. Finally, incorporate what you learned in this class as well as what interpersonal skills you would like to continue working on in the future.


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SELF-ASSESSMENT QUIZ 1-1 What Are Your Developmental Needs? This exercise is designed to heighten your self-awareness of areas in which you could profit from personal improvement. It is not a test, and there is no score; yet your answers to the checklist may prove helpful to you in mapping out a program of improvement in your interpersonal relations. Directions: Following are many specific aspects of behavior that suggest a person needs improvement in interpersonal skills. Check each statement that is generally true for you. You can add to the validity of this exercise by having one or two other people who know you well answer this form as they think it describes you. Then compare your self-analyses with their analyses of you. 1. I’m too shy. ________ 2. I’m too overbearing and obnoxious. ________ 3. I intimidate too many people. ________ 4. I have trouble expressing my feelings. ________ 5. I make negative comments about people too readily. ________ 6. I have a difficult time solving problems when working in a group. ________ 7. I’m a poor team player. ________ 8. Very few people listen to me. ________ 9. It is difficult for me to relate well to people from different cultures. ________ 10. When I’m in conflict with another person, I usually lose. ________ 11. I hog too much time in meetings or in class. ________ 12. I’m very poor at office politics. ________ 13. People find me boring. ________ 14. It is difficult for me to criticize others. ________ 15. I’m too serious most of the time. ________ 16. My temper is too often out of control. ________ 17. I avoid controversy in dealing with others. ________ 18. It is difficult for me to find things to talk about with others. ________ 19. I don’t get my point across well. ________ 20. I feel awkward dealing with a customer. ________ 21. I am a poor listener. ________ 22. I don’t get the importance of ethics in business. ________ 23. My attempts to lead others have failed. ________ 24. I rarely smile when I am with other people. ________ 25. I don’t get along well with people who are from a different ethnic or racial group than mine. ________ 26. I multitask when people are talking to me. ________ 27. I insult too many people on social networking sites. ________ 28. _____________________________ (Fill in your own statement.) ________ SELF-ASSESSMENT QUIZ 2-1 The Self-Monitoring Scale Directions: The statements ahead concern your personal reactions to a number of different situations. No two statements are exactly alike, so consider each statement carefully before answering. If a statement is TRUE or MOSTLY TRUE as applied to you, circle the “T” next to the question. If a statement is FALSE or NOT USUALLY TRUE as applied to you, circle the “F” next to the question. True 1. I find it hard to imitate the behavior of other people. ❏ False ❏ 2. My behavior is usually an expression of my true inner feelings, attitudes, and beliefs. ❏ ❏ 3. At parties and social gatherings, I do not attempt to do or say things that others will like. ❏ ❏ 4. I can only argue for ideas in which I already believe. ❏ ❏ 5. I can make impromptu speeches even on topics about which I have almost no information. ❏ ❏ 6. I guess I put on a show to impress or entertain people. ❏ ❏ 7. When I am uncertain how to act in a social situation, I look to the behavior of others for cues. ❏ ❏ 8. I would probably make a good actor. ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ 9. I rarely seek the advice of my friends to choose movies, books, or music. 10. I sometimes appear to others to be experiencing deeper emotions than I actually am. ❏ ❏ 11. I laugh more when I watch a comedy with others than when alone. ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ very different persons. ❏ ❏ 14. I am not particularly good at making other people like me. ❏ ❏ a good time. ❏ ❏ 16. I’m not always the person I appear to be. ❏ ❏ 12. In groups of people, I am rarely the center of attention. 13. In different situations and with different people, I often act like 15. Even if I am not enjoying myself, I often pretend to be having 17. I would not change my opinions (or the way I do things) in order to please someone else or win their favor. ❏ ❏ ❏ 18. I have considered being an entertainer. ❏ 19. In order to get along and be liked, I tend to be what people expect me to be ❏ rather than anything else. ❏ 20. I have never been good at games like charades or improvisational ❏ ❏ and different situations. ❏ ❏ 22. At a party, I let others keep the jokes and stories going. ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ acting. 21. I have trouble changing my behavior to suit different people 23. I feel a bit awkward in company and do not show up quite as well as I should. 24. I can look anyone in the eye and tell a lie with a straight face (if for a good cause). 25. I may deceive people by being friendly when I really dislike them. ❏ ❏ Scoring and Interpretation: Give yourself one point each time your answer agrees with the key. A score that is between 0–12 would indicate that you are a relatively low self-monitor; a score that is between 13–25 would indicate that you are a relatively high self-monitor. Source: Mark Snyder, “Self-Monitoring of Expressive Behavior,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 4 (October 1974): 528–537. SELF-ASSESSMENT QUIZ 2-4 Clarifying Your Values Directions: Rank from 1 to 20 the importance of the following values to you as a person. The most important value on the list receives a rank of 1; the least important a rank of 20. Use the space next to “Other” if the list has left out an important value in your life. _______ Having my own place to live _______ Having one or more children _______ Having an interesting job and career _______ Owning a car _______ Having a good relationship with coworkers _______ Having good health _______ Spending considerable time on social networking Web sites _______ Being able to stay in frequent contact with friends by cell phone and text messaging _______ Watching my favorite television shows _______ Participating in sports or other pastimes _______ Following a sports team, athlete, music group, or other entertainer _______ Being a religious person _______ Helping people less fortunate than myself _______ Loving and being loved by another person _______ Having physical intimacy with another person _______ Making an above-average income _______ Being in good physical condition _______ Being a knowledgeable, informed person _______ Completing my formal education _______ Other Look back at your own ranking. Does it surprise you? Are there any surprises in the class ranking? Which values did you think would be highest and lowest? Listening Traps Example 1: One of my friends said she would love to travel next month, I evaluated first by saying “we are going through an economic crisis,” then I questioned her and said: Is now the time to spend money like this, or would it be best to save it and go on a trip another time.” She seemed okay, and agreed but mentioned that she wanted to travel. I think my response was very adequate. Example 2: My employer summoned me to say that my services with the company were no longer needed. The listening response that I used was the questioning style. Does that mean that you are releasing me of my duties? What crime have I committed? I really don't understand what is happening here. Kindly clarify everything for me to at least know what is happening. The effect was that my employer was remorseful and sympathized with me, but he had no much option but to let me go. Apparently the company was restructuring. There was no better type of response that I would have used but questioning. Example 3: A friend called to inform me that she had just lost a relative. The listening response that I used was the supportive style. Oh dear, I am so sorry for your loss. God's plans are always the best, and there is a reason for everything that happens in our lives. I will keep you and your family in prayers for God to give you strength to pull through this. The effect that this had was that my friend was able to stand strong all through. No other listening response would have been appropriate for the situation. SELF-ASSESSMENT QUIZ 6-3 The Conformity Quiz Directions: Circle the extent to which each of the following statements describes your behavior or attitude: agree strongly (AS); agree (A); neutral (N); disagree (D); disagree strongly (DS). You may have to respond in terms of any team or group experience you have had if you are not currently a member of a work team, a class-project team, or a sports team. Consider having someone who is familiar with your behavior and attitudes help you respond accurately. AS A N D DS 1. I rarely question the decision reached by the team. 5 4 3 2 1 2. Whatever the group wants is fine with me 5 4 3 2 1 3. My clothing distinguishes me from the other members of the team. 1 2 3 4 5 4. I consider myself to be one of the gang. 5 4 3 2 1 5. I rarely express disagreement during a group discussion. 5 4 3 2 1 6. I routinely have lunch with other members of the team. 5 4 3 2 1 7. My teammates sometimes complain that I think too independently. 1 2 3 4 5 8. My preference is to piggyback on the ideas of others rather than 5 4 3 2 1 5 4 3 2 1 1 2 3 4 5 5 4 3 2 1 5 4 3 2 1 contributing ideas of my own. 9. When I notice that other members of the team make the same error in speech, I will copy them rather than sound different. 10. I am often the first person to get up at the scheduled ending of the meeting. 11. I do almost all of my creative thinking for the team task when I’m with the team. 12. I’m particularly careful not to criticize an idea submitted by the team leader. 13. The number of hours I work per week corresponds closely to the 5 4 3 2 1 number worked by my teammates. 14. When I think it is necessary, I bring information to the group that 1 2 3 4 5 conflicts with the path we are following. 15. I would rather keep my mouth closed than point out weaknesses 5 4 3 2 1 in a teammate’s ideas. 16. I’ve been called a maverick on more than one occasion by teammates. 1 2 3 4 5 17. I encourage team members to express doubts about proposed 1 2 3 4 5 solutions to problems. 18. I invite criticism of my ideas. 1 2 3 4 5 19. When the team laughs at a comment, I laugh too, even if I don’t 5 4 3 2 1 think the comment was funny. 20. Most of my social life centers on activities with my teammates. 5 4 3 2 1 Scoring and Interpretation: Calculate your score by adding the numbers you have circled, and use the following guide: 80–100: You are a high-conforming individual who readily goes along with the team without preserving your individuality. In an effort to be liked, you might be over-compromising your thinking. 40–79: You have probably achieved the right balance between following group norms (standards of conduct) and expressing your individuality. With actions and attitudes like this, you are on your way to becoming a good team player, yet also in a position to attain individual recognition. 77 20–29: You are highly individualistic, perhaps to the point of not working smoothly in a team setting. Be careful that you are not going out of your way to be a nonconformist, thereby interfering with your ability to be an effective team player. Skill Development: Examine your responses to the 20 questions, because the response might give you a clue to needed development, often possible just by making a subtle change within your control. Here are two examples: If you answered agree strongly or agree to question 8, you might work toward contributing ideas of your own. If you answered disagree or disagree strongly to question 14, you might work toward helping the team think more critically about the path it is following. SELF-ASSESSMENT QUIZ 7-1 My Problem-Solving Tendencies Directions: Describe how well you agree with the following statements, using the following scale: disagree strongly (DS); disagree (D); neutral (N); agree (A); agree strongly (AS). Circle the number in the appropriate column. DS D N A AS 1. Before reaching a final decision on a matter of significance, I like 1 2 3 4 5 to discuss it with one or more other people. 2. If I’m facing a major decision, I like to get away from others to 5 43 2 1 think it through. 3. I get lonely working by myself. 1 2 3 4 5 4. Several heads are better than one. 1 2 3 4 5 5. A wide range of people should be consulted before an executive 12 3 4 5 makes a major decision. 6. To arrive at a creative solution to a problem, it is best to rely on 1 2 3 4 5 a group. 7. From what I’ve seen so far, group decision making is a waste of time. 5 4 3 2 1 8. Most great ideas stem from the solitary effort of great thinkers. 5 43 2 1 9. Important legal cases should be decided by a jury rather than 1 2 3 4 5 by a judge. 10. Individuals are better suited than groups to solve technical problems. 5 4 3 2 1 Total Score __44______ Scoring and Interpretation: Add the numbers you circled to obtain your total score. 46–50: You have strong positive attitudes toward group problem solving and decision making. You will, therefore, adapt well to the decision-making techniques widely used in organizations. Be careful, however, not to neglect your individual problem-solving skills. 30–45: You have neutral attitudes toward group problem solving and decision making. You may need to remind yourself that group problem solving is well accepted in business. 10–29: You prefer individual to group decision making. Retain your pride in your ability to think independently, but do not overlook the contribution of group problem solving and decision making. You may need to develop more patience for group problem solving and decision making ...
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