Relationships Essay

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Most of the time when we chose to have a relationship with someone it is not because someone is attractive or that person in some way completes them; it is because we know them the most. How we gather this information is through communication. Communication can be verbal or nonverbal, intentional or unintentional, conscious or conscious, and the more we know about the person the more ...view middle of the document...

According to Ivy & Bucklund (2008), “choice points are moments in a relationship when you make decisions about the future of the relationship” (p. 186). Choice points mean that we have turned our current relationship with a person to another level. For example, a romantic couple makes a decision their relationship as couple will discontinue; however, they decide the two would like to remain friends. The couple has made a choice point change in their relationship that also will affect how the couple communicates.

In our relationship we will face obstacles, or roadblocks that affect how we interact and communicate with one another. We either have high expectations about our relationship partner, we think communicating with people should natural based on our personalities, there’s a fear of failure and we never interact with people, or we lose all abilities to communicate because we are intimidated in one form or another. Whatever the roadblock is, it is an obstacle or hurdle that must be overcome or managed in order to be successful in communication.

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