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Analysis of Interpersonal Communicative Behavior and Situations.

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Dean Marinello Communication and Behavior Dr. Peter. C. Costello Fall 2002 Term Paper Analysis of Interpersonal Communicative Behavior and Situations By analyzing the importance of communication and behaviors in our lives, I realize that many aspects of communication affect interpersonal situations and relationships. My mother is someone I know more than anyone who has aspects to her self and character that are due to different forms of the communicative experience. I will look at self-concept issues, and social interactions through communication, to find causes and explanations for her actions and feelings. In this class I have learned that communication is everywhere and constant in our lives and we develop interpersonal situations and a self through all. What is most relevant to my mother is how communication strongly forms her identity, and this affects her interpersonal situations at certain times. We form concepts of ourselves, as we develop who we are through communicating with others, and so my communication with my mother is really relevant. The development of our self-concepts is generative rather than reflective. Her self-concept is my mother's major issue in terms of not only she as a person, but the influence it has on her relationships and communicative interactions. A lot of her self-concept comes from various interactions she has with significant others, and strangers. I know that interactions with his mother bring happiness and love, but also uncertainty, and insecurity. Relating to Cooley's Looking Glass Self, where we see ourselves through what others see us as, his relationship with mother is substantial in the creation of his self and identity. ...read more.


There is an intimidating presence between the two, as the Coach has the power to take him out of the game he loves, diminish his scholarship, or rate him in the self-reinforcing cycle. It is all affirmed through the Coach, and having gone through heartbreaking injuries, that he played through his first season, and resulted in the two surgeries in the early middle parts of the year, he felt intense pressure to recuperate quickly for his love of the game, and also the pressure of the Coach's will to have him back to his best. The situation strained the communication between the two parties and the communication coordination dwindled from greater to lesser emphasis. To an extent where, the Coach knew he wasn't at his best, and he knew the Coach wasn't satisfied, he felt almost alone, a sense of involuntary aloneness. The Coach, although not a great friend, is someone who has a big influence on his life. Relating to Cooley, and this topic, we come to be as others want or see us as. And he got involved in a vicious cycle of negativity, as he was affected by the Coach's lesser view of him. He came to be pessimistic and unlike his true self, his performance dwindled, because the self that was arising was the one that came from the communicative experience with the other- the Coach. Emotions surfaced that contributed to the communicative behavior state. ...read more.


As shown, that later in his life when he wants to discuss situations that he feels at whole with such as his sport, mother's non-validation here, goes way back to the imprinting earlier in their communicative experiences. Relating back to Cooley's citation of how the individual is "of his own", but also a part of his "untrained consciousness", recounts to the social, and personal communication and behaviors we are constantly involved within. Now, as an adult- a young, ever learning one- I can see how by looking at myself externally, from an outsider's point of view in this study, "I" is "he", "his", and "him" in various situations of communicative behavior and interactions, I can learn more about others and myself. I now appreciate the relationship and communicative interactions with my mother and Coach, and friends, in a profound, and more insightful form. I understand that imagining what others think, and imagining what others think I imagine of them and the situation, creates confusion, anxiety, and uncomfortable communication and behavior. But that is the beauty of life, and how mundane it would be without subconscious, and various thoughts and imaginations. I am so thankful for the experience of learning more and more into the subject, and can, hopefully, produce more positivism and knowledge into my relationships, interactions, and more importantly, in myself. SOURCES Charles Horton Cooley: "Social and Individual Aspects of Mind." New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, (1909). Cooley: "Human Nature and the Social Order", (1902). WWW: http://www2.pfeiffer.edu/~lridener/DSS/Cooley/COOLWRK.HTML 1 Cooley, Human Nature and the Social Order, 1902 2 From Coser, 1977:305-307. http://www2.pfeiffer.edu/~lridener/DSS/Cooley/COOLWRK.HTML ...read more.

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