Interpersonal Relationship and Self-awareness Essay

1732 Words Aug 5th, 2008 7 Pages
Introduction In this essay, we will discuss the importance of self-awareness and other forms of awareness in building quality relationships. Communication plays a vital role in developing any kind of healthy relationship, regardless of what phase the relationship is in. “Ineffective communication causes an interpersonal gap that is experienced in all facets of life and in all sectors of society” (Bolton, 1987, p.4) Communication can be divided into two categories which is verbal and non-verbal. Verbal is the spoken language whereas non-verbal includes gestures, body language and facial expression. Effective communication can be established when this two types of communication complement each other. We will discuss how self-awareness …show more content…
• Hidden self- What is known to ourselves but kept hidden from, and therefore unknown to others.
• Unknown Self- Information, feelings, latent abilities, aptitudes, experiences etc, that are unknown to the person him/herself and unknown to others in the group. When communicating in a relationship, self disclosure needs to be reciprocal and appropriate. One of the main reasons we engage in self-disclosure is because of how it affects other people's perceptions of us, and indeed, our perceptions of other people. “As we strive to make sense of the world around us, to determine what is real and what is illusory, we depend on other people to validate our perceptions and impressions.” (Johnson, 1990, p.7) By practicing self-disclosure in a relationship, the intimacy between two people can be increased. The art of self-disclosure would be to give away information in the right way and at the right time. By not adhering to this, there might be repercussions of rejection and hostility.
My Experience
In real-life context, one of the incidents when my self-awareness was developed immensely was during my secondary three year when I was 15 years old. I was rapidly losing my interest in studies when before I was just an average student. I did not realize that this was due to me working part-time at a fast-food outlet and had negative influences which made me assume the meager pay I was earning was the best ever and I did not need education to succeed

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