Letter of Advice
Dear Bob and Mary,
I would like to congratulate both of you on your recent engagement. I feel honored that you have asked me for advice from the valuable information I have studied in my Interpersonal Communication course.
Most people feel as though they have better communication with those they are closet to, when in reality, those communications may be worse due to “closeness communication bias” (Annonymus,2011). We often tend to lose our communication detail once we get comfortable with those we are close to.
I would like to offer you some advice for better communication using some of the skills I studied in this course. I feel that you probably use some of ...view middle of the document...
Self-concept is the ideas and beliefs about the self. Self-concept is developed through many viewpoints and impressions. Our own behavior is one of the main ways we show self-concept. The way a person alters and arranges their self-concept for actions they have taken is self-perception theory. We form our own self-concepts by viewing others in a comparative sense. As humans, we tend to look at things that separate us from the norm. This helps us to form a better individual self-concept of ourselves.
Self-concept is maintained by different mental and psychological inferences and attributions. Self-concept is seen as a self-fulfilling prophecy. The phenomenom of selective memory also affects self-concept. Selective memory will help to reinforce the beliefs a person has of themselves. This is also reinforced by attribution. Self-concept is maintained to give stability of ones self. The psychology of the self has two parts. One being self-concept and the other being self-esteem.
We will now discuss emotional intelligence and its’ role in effective interpersonal relationships. The ability of an individual to adequately and properly identify, evaluate and control ones emotions is known as emotional intelligence. Having the ability to sense, recognize and integrate personal emotions and control emotions to achieve personal growth and development also plays a major role in emotional intelligence.
Emotional intelligence plays a major role in interpersonal relationships. It goes a long way in defining the relationship. In times of dispute, both parties must be able to be on top of their emotions for the relationship to grow stronger. Emotional intelligence helps to communicate effectively with you partner. “Emotional intelligence provides a person with the ability to understand the difference between damaging and effective communication. It also makes room for opportunities to transform conflict into an opportunity for building relationships.”
As we move on, I will address evaluating appropriate levels of self-disclosure in relationships. Self-disclosure is a purposeful disclosure of personal information to another person. This disclosure could be verbal or non-verbal. Self-disclosure that works out well, it can have a positive effect on interpersonal relationships. However, self-disclosure that does not work well can have an adverse effect such as embarrassment, lower self-esteem or relationship deterioration. Self-disclosure does not always have to be useful or meaningful. Often, the form of “small talk” is the key to initiating relationships that later move onto more personal levels of self-disclosure.
“People in a relationship balance needs that are sometimes in tension, which is a dialectic. Balancing a dialectic is like walking a tightrope. You have to lean to one side and eventually lean to the other side to keep yourself balanced and prevent falling. The constant back and forth allows you to stay balanced, even though you may not always...