The Four Stages Of Usual Communication Patterns
After collecting the data through participation and observation, the researcher found that the group identity (in a religious organization) is clearly acting upon, not only strengthening the bonds among the members but also bolstering self-identities of individual members in a positive way. Particularly, qualitative findings emerged through the researcher’s discrete observations, that is, about verbal and nonverbal communication patterns that occur repeatedly among group members. Therefore, here, the researcher divides such communication patterns under the four stages that the researcher identifies and introduces for readers.
The Four Stages of the Usual Communication Patterns among the Members at the Catholic Student Beta Organization: …show more content…
Exhibition of Religious Belief as Group
The second stage of the communication pattern is the exhibition of religious belief as group. In this stage, after the opening/initial greetings to one another, all of the members gather around the dinner table in the dining area and pray together. The prayer is a concerted one; all of the members verbally recite a before memorized prayer at the same time.
After this short opening prayer, the members help themselves to the food that a director or a coordinator prepares in advance for the members. During this Jesus’ Supper, the members engage in conversations with one another especially as small groups, e.g., 3-4 member groups. Such group members are assigned according to the location of their sittings around the dinner table. The contents of conversations they have with one another are mostly about their collegiate lives. Especially, at the end of the conversation, they are often replied by the other members with religious remarks, such as, “Don’t worry, cuz Our Lady [or Mother Mary] is with you,” “Jesus is watching you,” or “Everything is gonna be fine.” Sometimes, religion-based jokes and kidding are also exchanged among the members in this …show more content…
Jesus will be here. God will be here. So, everybody must be here! Okay? You guys, have a blessed night!
In such a heightened atmosphere in terms of self-expressing, members willingly and actively engage in favoring or encouraging the other members’ trying to self-express, upon which positive self-esteem and self-enhancement can be developed or reinforced. In this regard, the researcher wants to further explicate the mechanisms of the four stages of communication in the next section, Discussion, (i.e., what kind of meanings are embedded in such communicative behaviors and why it is important for group members of the Catholic Student Beta organization to consistently communicate and exchange group identity.
The researcher discovered that the group identity is clearly acting upon, strengthening the bonds among the members as well as bolstering self-identities of individual members in a positive way. In this regard, the researcher identified the four stages of the usual communication repeatedly occurring among group members of the Beta Center house. In the next section, Discussion, the researcher further explain the meaning of the communication patterns by providing in-depth interpretations in terms of insider’s