Com 321 Final Draft Essay
The success of any relationship relies on one's ability to communicate well.
Communication is important in relationships as it allows us to share our interest, concerns, and support one other; organize our lives and make decisions. Communication allows us to work together. Effective communication is based on the way we talk and listen, and how we respond with our body language. We can all learn how to improve the way we communicate but it takes more than words to create a safe, exciting and secure relationship. Too often the signals we send are not those we intend, when this happens, often both connection and trust are lost in our relationships.
When we communicate, we can say a lot without …show more content…
Baxter and Rawlins interpersonal tension described three sets of tensions that help individuals decide how much they want to invest in the relationship, whether personal or professional. These are referred to as “expressed-protective, autonomy togetherness, and novelty-predictability” (Trenholm, p. 136).
After reviewing the different sets, I feel that all three play a role in building and maintaining healthy relationships. If you think about it, the first, “expressed,” refers to finding that balance of what and when it is appropriate to share personal information. The second, “autonomy,” can be viewed in many different ways depending on the situation. What I took from this perspective is realizing we are all different, and once we identify there is a problem with these differences we are able to begin the process to resolve it right. Finally, the third set involves not falling into that “predictability pattern,”