Reflective Essay On Communication Styles

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There are many different types of communication that people use in daily life. I believe that to create a smooth relationship, interpersonal communication (Alder, Rosenfeld, Proctor II, 2013, pp. 15-19) is one of the important aspects of communication that we should be familiar with. Comm 218 was only a 5-week course, but through this course I have learned a great deal of different communication styles. This communication class always reminded me of my communication style and the value of communication.
From chapter 3, 4, and 6, I’ve learned about myself, how I perceive others, and forms of nonverbal communication (Alder, Rosenfeld, Proctor II, 2013, pp. 177). We communicate with other people in order to give and receive information, which
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I talk to my mother once in a month on the phone. I enjoy our conversation, however, when it comes to money and my motivation to achieve certain goals we would get into an argument. One day, she said “it seems you didn’t listen to what I told you before. You should do what I said, that’s a better way to solve the problem”. That conversation made me feel annoyed. I told her “I understand why you are angry at me, but I feel unhappy when you say it like that”. I added one other thing, “I wanted you to tell me ‘I understand your situation. I told you before, there is another way to solve the …show more content…
85). Although it’s not always true, I have learned a lesson through my own experience that self-disclosure works out well in helping to improve interpersonal relationship. The Social Penetration Model (Adler, Rosenfeld, & Proctor, 2013, pp. 87-89) and The Johari Window Model (Adler, Rosenfeld, & Proctor, 2013, pp. 89-90) help us to understand how self-revelations influence in our relationship. It also helps us with self-awareness: what parts of ourselves are open, blind, hidden, and unknown. The other thing is relational maintenance (Adler, Rosenfeld, & Proctor, 2013, pp. 287-295). 10 stages of a relational communication model describe the relationship between friends, partners, families, etc. Based on the model, I can better understand and develop relationships, such as what I should do to achieve relational maintenance part from coming together part.
Looking back through this course, I realized that interpersonal communication skills have a powerful effect on my future behavior. I learned that revealing myself to others, perceiving others, and communicate with others effectively have beneficial effects on the relationship. I still need to improve my communication skills. I’m also looking forward to utilizing the abilities acquired through interpersonal communication class in the

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