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COMM 120 Analysis Paper

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Understanding how to identify and respond to the communicative patterns of others is

necessary when one seeks to improve their interpersonal relationships. However, it is just as

important to develop the ability to understand and adjust your own patterns of communication if

you desire to become a better communicator. Therefore, in this assignment you will be required

to write a 3 to 5 page paper analyzing your own patterns of interpersonal communication. You

will identify and apply specific course concepts and/or theories from the textbook to conduct

your analysis while providing your own personal insights on how you can use this knowledge to

improve your communication skills.

This assignment is designed to get you to reflect on what you have learned about

interpersonal communication throughout the semester and to come up with a plan for how you

can improve your interactions with others. Thus, there should be two distinct parts to your paper:

1.) Your reflective analysis and 2.) Your plan for improvement. The first section, the reflective

analysis, will make up the bulk of your paper. In this section, make sure to explain what aspects

of your own interpersonal communication style you are analyzing by providing relevant

examples. In the second section, your plan for improvement, you should provide a minimum of

three specific ways you plan to improve your communication with others by using what you

have learned throughout the semester.

When completing this assignment, you will choose a minimum of three concepts from the

textbook and utilize them in your self-analysis. You may decide to analyze one specific

experience, or a small set of related experiences, thus you should home in on course

concepts/material that help articulate how you intend to improve your communication based on

these textbook concepts.

You may choose to write about topics such as: a set of work-related experiences you have

had in the past in which you did not communicate as effectively as you would have liked to (i.e.

getting into arguments, unclear communication with co-workers that resulted in mistakes being

made, being misperceived by a supervisor because of something you said or how you

communicated, etc.); your tendency to be a poor listener and how it has had a negative impact on

your relationships; a time when you failed to articulate yourself well enough and wanted to

improve the clarity of your communication with others; etc.

Since you will be choosing textbook concepts for this assignment,

you will need to

provide a reference page including in-text citations in APA style

. Your paper will be judged

according to the following criteria:

1. Your ability to support your analysis through the use of relevant examples

2. Your ability to connect classroom learning to your own patterns of communication

3. The application of appropriate communication concepts and/or terminology from lecture

or the textbook

4. The demonstrated ability to think critically about your communicative style and to create

a specific plan for improvement (quality of your writing/insights)

5. Proper grammar, spelling, and overall format

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Running head: TITLE OF YOUR PAPER 1 Title Of Your Paper Your Name Cuyamaca College TITLE OF YOUR PAPER 2 Write your essay here. Be sure to read the assignment description sheet located on Blackboard under the “Assignments” folder for the guidelines regarding this assignment. (Delete or highlight and type over this portion of text before writing your essay). TITLE OF YOUR PAPER 3 References Include your references here. COMM 120 Analysis Paper Assignment Description Understanding how to identify and respond to the communicative patterns of others is necessary when one seeks to improve their interpersonal relationships. However, it is just as important to develop the ability to understand and adjust your own patterns of communication if you desire to become a better communicator. Therefore, in this assignment you will be required to write a 3 to 5 page paper analyzing your own patterns of interpersonal communication. You will identify and apply specific course concepts and/or theories from the textbook to conduct your analysis while providing your own personal insights on how you can use this knowledge to improve your communication skills. This assignment is designed to get you to reflect on what you have learned about interpersonal communication throughout the semester and to come up with a plan for how you can improve your interactions with others. Thus, there should be two distinct parts to your paper: 1.) Your reflective analysis and 2.) Your plan for improvement. The first section, the reflective analysis, will make up the bulk of your paper. In this section, make sure to explain what aspects of your own interpersonal communication style you are analyzing by providing relevant examples. In the second section, your plan for improvement, you should provide a minimum of three specific ways you plan to improve your communication with others by using what you have learned throughout the semester. When completing this assignment, you will choose a minimum of three concepts from the textbook and utilize them in your self-analysis. You may decide to analyze one specific experience, or a small set of related experiences, thus you should home in on course concepts/material that help articulate how you intend to improve your communication based on these textbook concepts. You may choose to write about topics such as: a set of work-related experiences you have had in the past in which you did not communicate as effectively as you would have liked to (i.e. getting into arguments, unclear communication with co-workers that resulted in mistakes being made, being misperceived by a supervisor because of something you said or how you communicated, etc.); your tendency to be a poor listener and how it has had a negative impact on your relationships; a time when you failed to articulate yourself well enough and wanted to improve the clarity of your communication with others; etc. Since you will be choosing textbook concepts for this assignment, you will need to provide a reference page including in-text citations in APA style. Your paper will be judged according to the following criteria: 1. Your ability to support your analysis through the use of relevant examples 2. Your ability to connect classroom learning to your own patterns of communication 3. The application of appropriate communication concepts and/or terminology from lecture or the textbook 4. The demonstrated ability to think critically about your communicative style and to create a specific plan for improvement (quality of your writing/insights) 5. Proper grammar, spelling, and overall format Learning Objectives This assignment is designed to help you: 1. Apply interpersonal communication concepts in order to improve your interactions with others 2. Organize information and facts into a cohesive, coherent essay 3. Improve your critical thinking and writing skills Assignment Requirements Page limit: Points: 3-5 pages, double-spaced, typed, 12-point font, with APA-style references 100 points Running head: WEDDING DRAMA AND LACK OF COMMUNICATION Wedding Drama and Lack of Communication Student Name Cuyamaca College 1 WEDDING DRAMA AND LACK OF COMMUNICATION 2 Most women have probably imagined their perfect wedding day at one point or another in their life. Most soon-to-be-brides can’t wait to start planning their wedding and ask their best girlfriend to be their maid of honor - that one person at your side through the entire process of your wedding planning, sharing the laughter and cries of all the special moments that will lead up to that special day. With that said, the reality is that nothing ever seems to go as perfect as you planned it to be. Thus, I want to share an experience I had with my best friend during the planning of my wedding. How I had thought that asking my best friend to be my maid of honor would end up putting a strain on our friendship and how it affected our relationship because of the lack of communication. My best friend, I thought, was going to be the best maid of honor. Sure I had certain expectations for her as my maid of honor. Those expectations eventually were thrown out the window. During the process of all the wedding planning I felt that I was losing my best friend to her new boyfriend. My friend was preoccupied with her new relationship and our friendship slowly started to change. I saw less and less of her and the dynamic of our once sister-like bond had slowly started to drift away. I wasn’t asking for a lot or expecting a lot from her. All I was expecting for her was to be a good friend as I was to her. I felt as though her actions were speaking louder than words. I started to notice a change in the dynamic of our friendship. We used to talk on the phone everyday, and we would always make plans for girls’ night out. We both stopped calling each other as often, and the once a week girls’ night no longer existed. In the few occasions when we were around each other, she me made me feel that she didn’t want to be there. It was as if she felt obligated to be there because she was the maid of honor. This really hurt my feelings and affected me deeply and made me question myself if I had done something wrong. It started WEDDING DRAMA AND LACK OF COMMUNICATION 3 to put a strain on our friendship, and when you have been friends with someone for twenty plus years things that were part of the friendship were now being taken away. This was difficult for me to deal with and comprehend. This experience brings me to the concept of relational needs, “Relational needs are the essential elements people seek in their relationships with others” (Floyd, 2011, P. 4). My best friend and I had our day-to-day routine that we had in our friendship, and she was a big part of my life. When that dynamic started to change I felt isolated, hurt and alone. I didn’t know how to react when that relational need was slowly being taken away from me. It was suppose to be a very happy and exciting period in my life. But the truth was that I was sad, confused and I was lost with what to do. The lack of the relational need eventually pushed me into what is known as the avoiding stage. According to Floyd (2011) in his book Communication Matters he defines the avoiding stage as “the stage of relationship dissolution at which partners experience physical and emotional distance from each other” (Floyd, 2011, P. 193). I thought if I avoid her it would help me feel better about the situation and that things would work out on its own. It was definitely a big mistake to start avoiding a problem. By me avoiding my friend it made the situation worse. This caused the little communication that we had with one another to be extremely uncomfortable and awkward. How could this work out with her being my maid of honor if we couldn’t even communicate to one another comfortably? Avoiding eventually lead me to the circumscribing stage, which according to Floyd (2011) he defines “as the stage of relationship dissolution at which partners begin to decrease the quality and quantity of their communication with each other” (P. 192). As you can imagine that by me avoiding my friend rather than communicating to her how I really felt, and share with her my feelings of the situation and how she was making me feel our friendship is holding on by a WEDDING DRAMA AND LACK OF COMMUNICATION 4 thread. The interpersonal communication that I once had with my best friend has now had no value, no quality and well the quantity of our communication was very slim. With all the ups and downs of this ordeal I had to stop and take a deep breath and ask myself what was really important to me. I asked myself was it worth losing a friend because I was too stubborn to communicate with her? I came to realize that it would have been a very simple problem to fix that became so much bigger because I chose not to communicate my true feelings. I chose to avoid the situation, which made matters worse and I experienced the circumscribing stage, which was when things really went down hill. Once I accepted my fault in this situation I was able to have an open mind. As it was only a few months before my big day I decided to suck it up and face my fears about communicating with my friend. I made the decision to not speak over the phone and talk to her face-to-face because I really felt that it would be the only way that we can work past our issues. By us communicating how we felt to one another and explaining what was said, what wasn’t said, our emotions were overwhelming and it was a therapy session that needed to happen. Of course our friendship was never the same after that, but everyday is a new day and because we sat down and was able to communicate a new beginning had started. After reflecting on this experience, I now realize that communication is the key to any relationship. I am surrounded by many people in my life and these people include my parents, my siblings, my husband, my nieces and nephews, and my dear friends. This requires me to be aware of the manner in which I communicate. I never want to experience the isolation and sadness that I experienced with my best friend. Thus, there are two key elements that will allow me to be more successful with communication. It is essential for me to be mindful of the ideas of avoidance and relational needs. WEDDING DRAMA AND LACK OF COMMUNICATION 5 In communicating with others, my initial reaction when there is tension between somebody is to avoid them. I have learned that this is not the solution. Instead, I have learned from my past experiences that confronting the situation and by communicating with the other person and expressing my feelings would be more effective. The most important interpersonal communication that I have come to realized is that it was more important to me to keep that relational need with my friend then to not have it at all. It made me more aware of how important it was for me to have relational needs with not only with my best friend but also with my family and husband. My experiences had made me aware of how I was not communicating in the proper way and being in Mr. Kidwell’s communication class helped me to identify what I was doing wrong. Communication class helped me understand what I need to improve on and most importantly it has taught me how to communicate more effectively with everyone around me. Learning not to avoid or distance myself from the situation has helped me now in my relationship with my husband. Learning from my past mistakes with avoiding, distancing and isolating myself from a bad situation I am now able to identify and being aware I have learned to adapt myself to the situation and be able to communicate in a way that I can solve the issue at that moment and not let it linger. In the short time that I was in Mr. Kidwell’s communication class I have learned so much about interpersonal communication. I have noticed that my confidence level with public speaking has improved. The interaction and communication that I once was not confident enough to have with other students in the classroom has definitely changed. I have always lacked confidence and I always either second guess myself or was too timid to act one certain things. What I have learned in communications class has helped me be confident in myself. I WEDDING DRAMA AND LACK OF COMMUNICATION 6 was able to work in groups and communicate with my classmates and because of the communication our group project was a success because I didn’t second-guess myself. Learning how to communicate more effectively didn’t only help with my personal relationships with my husband; family and friends it made me build confidence in myself to be a better student, worker, and a better person. WEDDING DRAMA AND LACK OF COMMUNICATION References Floyd, K. (2010). Communication matters. New York: McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. 7 ...
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FRIENDSHIP AND LACK OF COMMUNICATION

Friendship and Lack of Communication
Your Name
Cuyamaca College

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FRIENDSHIP AND LACK OF COMMUNICATION

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Interpersonal communication is the exchange of information between people through feelings
and meaning in form of non-verbal and verbal messages.
Having a best friend that you have things that you share in common, and whom you are
free with and understand each other well is one of the best things that can happen to a person in
this world. Best friends are people that you plan with and dream with of how your futures are
going to be together and the fun moments you are planning to have together in the future and
how you will always have each other’s backs whatever the situation that you get in, in this
journey of life. Unfortunately, in life sometimes things take a very different turn that someone
could never think of.
After high school, in our first year of university, my best friend and I were not able to go
to the same university as we always dreamed of. My friend went to study Chemical Engineering
in another county and I remained in our dream university studying Business Management. We
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