Interpersonal Communications: Concept Analysis Paper

1030 Words Nov 30th, 2012 5 Pages
Katie Latimer
November 1st, 2012
COMM 218
Concept Application Paper

Communication takes place in any and all locations, intentionally and unintentionally, and it can be positive or negative. Many of our personal traits and character qualities can affect how we communicate with other people, and how they communicate with us. Recently, I had an experience that further proved this point to me in a very real and tangible way. Growing up, I have been known as levelheaded and optimistic. I don’t let a lot of distractions or emotions change or affect the way I act around others. As an athlete, my coaches always knew that if they called me into a game I would handle the pressure and play to the best of my ability, so I decided to change
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He also encouraged me to change my attitude and be more positive, and I believe his words had a more profound effect on me because he is literally a “significant other”. In every relationship, we can choose what to reveal about ourselves to other people. This is called “self-disclosure” and it is described as “The process of deliberately revealing information about oneself that is significant and that would normally not be known by others. (p. G-11)” In this instance, my boyfriend would not have known why I was upset, he would only have known that I was upset. When self-disclosing, honesty is of the utmost importance. If you aren’t honest in your communication, then you aren’t truly communicating. I learned a lot about communication, and I realized that I actually changed my self-concept unintentionally for 24 hours. On that day, I walked around campus feeling as if not one person wanted to converse with me, which was incredibly hard. I also learned that you could never be sure why some people are unfriendly; they may just be having a bad day. I believe that on that day I relinquished some of the power of my identity management. Never before had I let myself be seen as shy or unfriendly, my presenting self was always approachable and helpful. The presenting self is “…the way we want to appear to others. In most cases the presenting self we seek to create is a socially approved image: diligent student, loyal friend, loving partner, and so

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