Case Study: Intercultural Communication Essays

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Hamid, a student at State University has received his Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and is currently in the final year of completion of his PhD. During his attendance at State University Hamid utilized the Foreign Student Advisors Office where he developed a close relationship with the advisor of that particular time. During the following years the student advisor was replaced by another student and the relationship between the advisor and Hamid was in its early phases. While not being a close friend, they were in fact friends. Hamid assumed that the role of a friend was to employ favors for one another. The ideal of doing nice things for each other in return for friendship was assumed on the part of Hamid.
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Interpersonal communications refers to the “exchange of symbols used at least in part, in joint pursuit of interpersonal goals.” (Daniel J. Canary, 2008) The term joint refers to the fact that a friendship can go both ways, and in going both ways it would not be appropriate to assume that asking favors is acceptable. While knowing that he made the promise to his friend’s father Hamid was strategic in that his communication efforts with the advisor were all goal-relevant. Hamid had maintained his friendship with the previous advisor with the hopes of his promises being fulfilled. In the social identity model of deindividuation effects we understand the speaker and the listener and vice versa will have altered personalities or specific characteristics that tend to show up in the varying situations that they are put in. These characteristics and personalities do not necessarily define who we are permanently but do carry weight on what and who are the most vital to our world. Hamid seemed to be caught in a position that not only affected his family life but was also willingly putting himself in the situation to jepordize his friendships in his private life. While both of these could seem high on the priority list only one should hold true to your role as an individual. While being a foreign student in an American Universtiy Hamid utilized impression management or strategic self-presentation in the attempt to create the friendship of the advisor. He

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